Saturday, April 6, 2013

To Be, or Not to Be Living


One person with commitment accomplishes more than a thousand with an opinion. ~Orrin Woodward

 
Shakespeare's Hamlet speaks these words, "To be or not to be."  Hamlet is trying to decide whether to live or die. A big choice. Ever stop to think how many "be" decisions we make every day?

Peter wrote, 

Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.

Whoever wants to embrace life
     and see the day fill up with good,
Here’s what you do:
     Say nothing evil or hurtful;
Snub evil and cultivate good;
     run after peace for all you’re worth (1 Peter 3:10-11).


It is these "be's"-- agreeable, sympathetic, loving, compassionate and humble -- where I answer the question, "To be or not to be?"  For when I go through life with a chip on my shoulder, sarcasm on my lips, or a get-even spirit in my heart, I'm not living -- not "be-ing."  

I don't want to go through the motions of living. I want my heart fully and intentionally engaged. I want my shoulders free for a friend to cry on, my lips full of praise for God and my mind ready to encourage each person I come in contact with. 

My day's cup is turned upright, and I'm going to fill it up with good.  My favorite verse for living intentionally is Ephesians 5:10, Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it. The next verse in Psalm 10 clearly tells us: 

Here’s what you do:
     Say nothing evil or hurtful;
Snub evil and cultivate good;
     Run after peace for all you’re worth.

I'm committed. I'm ready to fill my cup. My lips are ready to speak shelter. If you see someone sprinting across your lawn, know that it is me -- running after peace for all I'm worth. I'm diligently seeking wisdom to know what will please Christ.  

I'm just simply Pamela, but this woman is embracing life with intention. I'm letting the "be's" swarm around my heart. There's a smile on my face because I find joy in this intentional living -- this living of the good.




30 comments:

Pom Pom said...

Beautiful post, Pamela. Such TRUTH.

Elizabethd said...

What lovely words, Pamela. Thnk you.

Unknown said...

Beautiful.

Unknown said...

Oh how I love those encouraging Bible verses - and that translation! Perfect for caregivers AND grandparents, that's for sure! I've saved it to my Evernote Bible notebook to meditate on. Thank you for the sweet reminder!

Aritha said...

I love your post today. Let we all try to do that!

Beth said...

A lovely post Pamela!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

A cheery post with beautiful photos and scripture. Thanks for all that you share. ~ Abby

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Love the Woodward quote; need to print it and post it on the refrigerator. many thanks, Pamela.

Simply Beth said...

This is beautiful! So encouraging! Love the verse you shared from 1 Peter 3:10-11. Thank you for posting. Thank you too for you comment on my recent post. Blessings to you.

Natalie said...

Delightful post!! Very encouraging. Thanks for the reminder to be fruitful in our living for Christ Jesus.

Nikki (Sarah) said...

Embracing life with intention. I like that and 'I'm letting the be's swarm my heart.' Perfect. I'm in too!!! thanks for a great read.

joy said...

What an inspirational post this morning. My motto too. To be a woman God intended me to be:)

Denise said...

I think there are times when the business of our lives distract us from giving and sharing ourselves with others, but when we do give love, patience, and compassion it results in an experience of joy, peace, and caring! It feels much better to "be" than "not to be"! :)

Wonderful post Pamela,
Blessings!
Denise

michelle said...

Oh I love this! I love it a lot!

Karen said...

I like that, Pamela: Intentional Living!!

joy said...

Hi Pamela,
I have an ongoing contest in my blog titled letter to God. My purpose is to bring glory to God. To give him the focus and to let the participants pour out their hearts to God. This could inspire the readers. Hope you join too.

Theresa said...

Words to live by & lovely post. Thanks for your recent visit I hope to see you again soon.

Kim M. said...

May I "be" the same. Thank you!

Jean Wise said...

I love the love and encouragement in your words, Pamela. I want to join you with that cup held high!

Unknown said...

SO moving and beautiful!

LuAnn @ BackPorchervations said...

Well, I for one feel more peaceful after reading your post. :O)

Denise said...

Really inspiring.

Heart n Soul said...

Great thoughts Pamela, such great insight :)

Unknown said...

Dear Pamela
As I was reading your words I realized how often we think those ugly things of ourselves! This is where I have to be so careful! Visiting via Jenn's.
Blessings

Mary Reed said...

Pamela, thanks so much for this beautiful, encouraging post! I love the Woodward quote... I 'll have to remember that one! I really appreciate the scripture and beautiful pictures! Well done!

Thanks for visiting my site today!
Blessings to you ~ Mary

Sharon said...

Oh hurrah! I am inspired. I see you running across my lawn, and I'm going to do my best to run with you!!

Thanks for the wonderful words you always send my way. I do indeed find *shelter* here...

GOD BLESS!

Courtney said...

It is a choice, every day. Thank you for this encouragement to "be" the way God wants us to be. I'm inspired by your words, and I really love the image of you dashing across someone's lawn! You make me smile.

Esther Asbury said...

Goes right along with my words for this year -- "love is kind." I've already found MANY opportunities to practice those words -- intentionally!!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

This is a wonderful post; as yours always are. I was very convicted, because I have not be very nice this week, and I want to change my attitude. The verses that you chose tell us what to do, instead of what not to do. Thanks!

Kathy M.

Connie Nelson said...

Wonderful and beautiful! My day's cup is turned upright, and I'm going to fill it up with good. Love it! We do have a choice don't we? Thanks for linking up with me, it's good to have you.