Really Living

“We’re really living, Pauline.” Tom bent over the trendy restaurant table, smiled and took my hand.

I pondered his words. Moving to North Carolina with my 93-year-old mother and our standard poodle, Sam, starting a farm, building a house, purchasing and raising 75 baby chicks. Working from dawn to dusk and then some more.

Doing stuff I never dreamed of. Like shopping at the Tractor Supply store regularly and loving it, planting seeds and watching them grow, petting a chicken (having a chicken fly into my hair which I wasn’t too fond of), chopping a path through our forest, petting a donkey, gathering eggs, cleaning up after chickens, moving heavy timber. The list is endless.

Tom’s right, we’re really living.

It might kill us.

But we love it.

The Bible has a different definition of “really living.” I’m basing my life on God’s Word, not my own opinions.

God’s Word says in Ephesians 2:1-7:

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

So I started “really living” the moment I trusted Christ’s death and resurrection to pay for my sins, and then I turned from them. I was spiritually dead. Now, thanks to Jesus, I’m spiritually alive. I used to live according to the passions of this world and Satan was my king. Now—not because of anything I’ve done—Jesus is my King.

My hope and prayer for you this season is that you will “really live.” That you will be born into the family of God.

A blessed Christmas to you.

Some of our “first fruits.”

2 Comments on "Really Living"

  1. Ed McIntyre says:

    Hi Pauline and Tom,
    Glad to see the chickens are paying their way. Enjoyed reading your article. We’ve missed seeing all of you at CCC. Hope to be back soon. I was born and raised on a farm, so I know the work is hard. However, the results are usually worth it. Toni and I hope you, Tom, your mother and that beautiful dog have a very Merry Christmas.
    Ed and Toni

  2. Pauline Hylton says:

    Thanks Ed and Toni! I missed seeing y’all on Sunday, too. We’ve been praying for you! Hope to see you next Sunday.

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