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A Quality Life

by Joanna Pierce on February 01, 2017

It was beautiful summer day as I was reading on the screened-in back porch—carefully protected from the various aspects of nature… Then, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a cat. In seconds, I made the decision to brave the outside, scooped up the cat in my arms, and—to make a long story short—the cat soon became a beloved member of our family for many years, for whom we couldn’t live without.

Toward the end of Leo’s life, he began to have health problems. In pain with system failure, my family was faced with a difficult decision: hold on for as long as we could, or put the cat to sleep. Discussions ensued, and it was determined our little Leo didn’t have a quality life. He would be in great discomfort if left in his current state. We said goodbye to our companion.

A quality life. We strive each day to live a quality life. Quality of life is impacted by the decisions we make, what we do, and what we say.

As humans, we have a tendency to allow the world to give us a perspective of how we can achieve a quality life by catering to our flesh. We seek relaxation, wealth, amenities, and the like, and don’t feel like we’re blessed or live a quality life without them.

Here’s the problem…

Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Luke 12:33–34, KJV).

We forget our quality of life isn’t defined by the world. And, in all actuality, the quality life we should be seeking isn’t the one we’re living now, but the one we’ll live next.

God sets the bar on a quality life on earth. He’s given us life and a life with Him! And, it is this life, dear reader, that makes this life a quality one. The world can’t offer us anything better no matter how hard it tries.

But, what God can do for us isn’t what living is about. Our lives need to be about God’s Kingdom and laying up treasures in heaven. We must remember we are sojourners in this land; we’re just passing through.

To live a quality life on earth is to be about our Father’s business: ministering to the sick, giving to the poor, and saving the lost. It’s when we seek the Kingdom, we’ll find we have a quality life every day we live on this earth, and we’ll guarantee an even better one in the next.

What does your life look like?