2018-10-10 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

The most important things in life are not things
By Larry G. Spence

First of all this week I want to thank Christopher Columbus for the day off Monday. I'm sure everybody that was off gave it some serious thought during the day. Usually I don't really care for a lot of holidays off, mainly because I have more than enough work to do, and even I'm off, then I just have to play catch-up the first day back to work and the rest of the week. This time though my body was wearing down from long days and short nights and I appreciated the time to rest, I remember when I was younger, I didn't tire out as quickly. Of course, there wasn't the stress levels that we have today, but it got me thinking about life in general.

Just what is life all about? Well, I guess it’s just a series of accomplishments and failures that began with learning to walk. The greatest use of our lives would be to spend it for something that outlasts it. In other words, spend it wisely and make a difference in your life, and the lives around you. Unfortunately, by the time you learn to make the most of life, most of it is gone. I can picture some of you shaking your head up and down, but don't be discouraged, there is still enough time to make a difference in your life, and hopefully in the lives of others around you. Sadly sometimes we glance back and there is not a lot there to show we even existed. Even if there is, it may not be what you wanted to show for the years given you. Again, it's never too late to start! Remember the thief on the cross who stood up for Jesus, he wasted his life, but after shouting down his fellow thief, he told Jesus, "Remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus replied, Today you will be with me in paradise."

So, live the days you have remaining, which may be a lot or a few, as you will wish you have lived when you stand before God. Don't run your life on empty. Your life will take on new interest if you invest it in the lives of others. Life itself can be like a mirror, you get the best results when you smile at it. A good life is like a game of tennis; the one who serves seldom loses. I've found through the years that half or more of our troubles happen because we live on the assumption that this is the only life and only world. What part does God play in your life? Is He your spare tire or your steering wheel? Just remember, your outlook on life will be much brighter from behind a smile. So keep smiling! Life is too short as it is to waste time uselessly. Until next time, stay safe and stay blessed!

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