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Live the "Laid-Down Life"


Live the Laid-Down Life

A friend of mine, Roberta, said it so well. “My mother lived a “laid-down life” for her family.” Roberta's family was given a great opportunity to minister because God blessed them with a child that had many health challenges. Her name was Hannah.

Often Hannah would experience severe bouts of anxiety. In the wee hours of the night, she would just feel compelled to go outside and walk. Roberta says she never remembers a time when her mother acted "put out" or inconvenienced by her daughter’s request.

Her mother would quietly and calmly get up, put on her coat and go outside to accompany Hannah....walking side by side...day after day...just being there.

Much love is shown through the actions of this mother. "Being there" beside a loved one in their time of need speaks volumes more than all the words of the greatest orator, and certainly proves more of the love of God.

"Being there" beside a loved one in their time of need speaks volumes more than all the words of the greatest orator, and certainly proves more of the love of God."

Matthew 25 tells us that when we “do” for the least of these, we are doing as unto Jesus Christ himself, and He will reward us accordingly.

I, too, was blessed to witness a great example up close. My mother lived this “laid-down life.” She loved her family passionately. So much so, that our issues in life, our distractions, our pleas for her help, never seemed to ruffle her feathers, or be an inconvenience. My mother lived her life with her own wants and wishes set aside, for she “laid down” her own desires and sought to help her family and help many, many others with great love.

"She willingly lived the “laid down” life for Christ and followed His example without hesitation."

She willingly lived the “laid down” life for Christ and followed His example without hesitation. Oh that more of us, as mothers, fathers, wives, husband, friends, Christians, would follow the example of Jesus and those dear Christian mothers who are gone

on before us.

Father help us to live a “laid-down” life.

Throughout my life, I have witnessed my mother being

awakened by a phone call on many Friday and Saturday nights.

My dad was a good man, but he would mumble and turn over to go back to sleep.

However, my mother would quickly and methodically get up from her warm comfy bed to go and get a family member that had gotten themselves into trouble. She would bring them back to our

house, clean them up, fill them up with either coffee or food or

both, whichever the situation dictated, and put them to bed

with a hug and a kiss on the forehead, and the words “I love

you.”

"Why? Her heart was full of love.

Her spirit woman was

full of the Word of God. Her feet walked the path led by the

Holy Spirit."

She lived a “laid-down life”, not an “it’s all about me” life.

She was not the most modern woman, but she was a good example of 1 Corinthians 13:4 Love never gives up!

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.

Love doesn't strut.

Love doesn't have a swelled head.

Love doesn't force itself on others.

Love isn't always "me first".

Love doesn't fly off the handle.

Love doesn't keep score of the sins of others.

I’d rather be a little old-fashioned and be well thought of by my family as a 1 Corinthians 13 woman, than to be only slightly

remembered as someone who could have a good time by acquaintances.

"Our society tells us that we should do what feels good for us to do, and that we should think only of ourselves and our personal comfort. Many people have bought into this lie."

The result has been broken marriages, homes, and hearts, as

well as insecure, undisciplined, lonely and abandoned children.

Regardless of what your yesterday has been, begin today by

living out your life for Christ. Accept the challenge to live the “laid-down life." The rewards are worth the commitment and sacrifice.

When I'm dead and gone, I want to be remembered with fondness and respect for the life I have lived for Christ. As Nehemiah 13:31 says, "Remember me oh God for the good I've done."

"I want my family and friends to cherish the time we spent together and be challenged to live better."

I want them to be able to recant the things I did for Christ and remember that often I fed the hungry, and clothed those who were cold, and joyfully did the work of The Lord.

"For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name,

because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not

lose his reward. Only what we do for Christ will last!" Mark 9:41

"I want my life to make a difference."

"With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don't hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort."1 Corinthians 15:58

Accept the challenge! Live the "laid-down life!"

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