THE GOOD LIFE: Part 1

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Message Recap | 07.20.2014

Speaker: Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor

Many of us work and work and work to take care of ourselves and/or our families.  We are the providers.  We want to ensure that everything is put into place.  Nothing is out of order.  We want what some have called, “The Good Life”.  But do we really know how to define “The Good Life”?  Do we really know what qualifies someone to make “The Good Life” attainable?

Certainly, I think we all can agree we want “The Good Life”; we would like to live “The Good Life”.  But that probably means different things to different people.  For some it is the American Dream, a successful career where I make enough money to feel secure, own a nice house, nice car, can enjoy nice vacations and hobbies without a care in the world.  I can take care of my family so that they have no worries.  Even, take care of my friends in their times of need.  You might say it’s finding the love of your life, someone who is wonderful and you can live happily ever after together.  For some it is enjoying good health without serious illness.  Yet there may even be other reasons, but suffice to say, “The Good Life” is a nice place.

But is it really?  You may have less than everything you’ve ever wanted.  You may not have all the toys and things that define “The Good Life”.  But then do you just have an average life?  It’s at those times when living or portraying “The Good Life” may seem out of reach.  After all is said and done, who will remember?  King Solomon said something about this when he said, “Everything is meaningless” and “What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?” Are things really good?  (Read Ecclesiastes Chapter 1)

Hungry for more on this topic? Listen to our podcast at: http://painesvilleag.com/good-life  for the complete message!

Friend, “The Good Life” can be defined in a lot of ways.  Having everything may not give you “The Good Life”.  Even having the things of a King may fall short.  Everything – God = Nothing and a life “under the sun”, apart from God, has no purpose.  That’s why Nothing + God = Everything.  When everything around us seems meaningless and monotonous, Christ—the Meaning in life, gives us meaning.  I challenge you this week to take a look at those things in your life that you define as meaningful.  And spend some time in reflective prayer to the Lord.  Ask Him to help you define “The Good Life”.

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