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The more I look at life, the more I stand in awe of God. I know I’m nothing without Him; He is the reason I’m alive. I’m so grateful for the mercy He gives me each day because I know I have done absolutely nothing to deserve Him or His awesome presence and guidance.

The fact that Jesus died for me…and all of humanity…still leaves me speechless sometimes. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know many people who would die for complete strangers. Let’s face it, even if they would, they wouldn’t choose to be crucified and beaten beyond comprehension.

His life inspires me each day. Jesus only lived for 30 years here on Earth, yet He performed notable miracles and touched more people during one sermon than any of us would ever touch in a lifetime. He lived with such passion! Where are the passionate people today? Why are most people content to just get by? In my opinion, you only have one life to live, so live it for Him to the fullest! Go out on the edge of your comfort zone and see what you find. Do something different. Live differently. Love differently.

As I write this, I’m talking to myself, too. I’m human just like everyone else. Sometimes I let little things bother me. I get tired. Sometimes I forget to reach for things that seem unreachable, not even aware that I’ve let other people dictate how I feel, what I should do (or not do), etc. I said all that to say that I can’t live differently or love others like Christ loved them on my own. I have to have His help.

Don’t be satisfied with less than His best for your life. Philippians 4:13 reminds me, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In Him I can live to the fullest, I can reach high, I can love others, and I can freely give of myself all because of His grace that He so freely gave me…and you can too!

~by Madison Sanders


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