1. Life is a precious gift from God.
“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb … All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13, 16)
2. Life is valuable.
“When I consider your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:3-5)
3. Life is hard, but worth it.
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (The apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
4. Life is short.
“Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be. Help me to know that I am here for but a moment more.” (Psalm 39:4)
5. Life is to be lived wisely.
“Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.” (Psalm 90:12)
Some people are just living to make a living. For them, financial survival has become all consuming. They work hard so they can get out of debt, pay for education, improve their standard of living, and save for their retirement. Year after year after year, the financial treadmill keeps them running. It seems like there just isn’t time for anything else. Making a living has become that total focus for their life.