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The late Arthur Rubenstein, the well-known pianist, said this about life, “If you love life, life will love you back.”  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out he’s right and agree with his observation.

The people who love life are happy people, they aren’t long-faced and constant complainers. They realize that we all face trials and heartaches. And have you noticed that more often than not it’s the handicappers in this world who seem to love life best. Think about Joni Eareckson-Tada, who’s lived with quadriplegia since her teen years, yet she values life, even with its limitations, to the fullest. She loves who she is—a servant of God. She didn’t let what some would term inabilities stop her, she pressed on to be the best she can be, though not for self-acclaim but for God and the good of others.

A committed Christian, she knows what loving life is all about. Her world-wide connection with others through her ministry to the disabled blesses all of us. And she’s continued to love life by serving others even through her added health issue of Stage III breast cancer. Her husband’s testimony as her caregiver shows his commitment to loving life as well. They are leading role models for stamping life with love. And they are but two who do this. Many of us have close friends who do the same love-life kind of ministry.

Everyday Role Models

Most of us will never have to be such super role models but all of us can be everyday role models. We can smile, do any variety of caring acts, share our talents, sing in the rain, cry with someone who’s given up—until they love life again—and do all the uppers that tie us close to one another.

Jesus of course, is our prime example. I possess a favorite book about the life of Christ, titled Desire of Ages. In the chapter, “Days of Conflict,” I read, “Of the bitterness that falls to the lot of humanity, there was no part which Christ did not  taste.” Yet, He loved life and sought to show others not only the best of life on earth, but life eternal.

Throughout the Bible Jesus told us to love each other. In essence, he said to love life. Yes, He’s our example, always, in all ways. In The Message, John 15:12, Jesus’ words are paraphrased this way, “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy may be your joy, and your joy wholly mature.” To sum it up: to love life is to love others, and to love others is to love life.

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By Betty Kossick. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE ®.

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