You Owe It to Yourself

You owe it to yourself.  There are not many things in life you can say that about.  Often we hear this phrase when someone is trying to sell us something.  You owe it to yourself to have this hamburger or this car or this stereo.  But truly, there are things we owe to ourselves.

You owe it to yourself to live a good life, a life of freedom, of love, of giving to others who are in need.  You owe it to yourself to live a life of character, of honor, of duty, of accepting the calling and responsibility you have as a child of God in heaven.   You owe it to yourself to do your best, to achieve more than you think you can, to be more than you dreamed you can.  You owe it to yourself to live without regret, with a clean conscience and a pure heart before God and man.  You owe it to yourself to know a life of faith, not fear, of hope, not despair, of growth, not ruin.  You owe it to yourself.

 What brings abundance to our lives is not that we owe it to ourselves to spoil ourselves with the goods of this world, but rather to live an ideal, a way of goodness and godliness, a way of love and of honor that goes above what this world may offer.  There are choices that every man and woman makes about their lives, choices which dictate the way they live and the kind of person they become.  You have that choice.

You can live like any man or woman who works to survive, who hopes to have enough to cover what they need and hopefully enjoy the pleasures of life.  Or you can accept that there is an abundance to life that is so much higher and so much greater, that you simply must make choices to live by the laws of it.  To live above the crowd does not happen by chance, but by choice.  Freedom from fear, doubt and the depravity of carnal life does not come by chance, but by choice.  It is God who gives you this choice, who endows you with the freedom to choose.  You may live as free men and women before God or you may live as a slave to the depravity of a selfish life; the choice is yours.

You truly owe it to yourself to live an abundant life.  Start today.  Make today special, different and separate from any other you have ever lived.  Lay down this day to God, to your spouse, to your family, to your work, to your community, to those with whom you come into contact.  Live the abundance of godliness and goodness in your life.  For in serving others we discover the true meaning of greatness and abundance in life.  You owe it to yourself to discover all the beauty of life that God intends for you to live and enjoy.

- Written by David Liesenfelt  Copyright 2004