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What's Better Than Life? - A Short Meditation by creatr

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What's Better Than Life? - A Short Meditation
<H3>Yesterday, I found something better than life itself.</H3>

>*"Because your steadfast love is better than life,
    my lips will praise you."* - [**Psalm 63:3**](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+63&version=ESV)

Hello, my friends. This is obviously an article drawn from my personal faith in Jesus, but I hope that admission right up front won't be a reason for my as yet unbelieving friends to "tune out."

As I've said in the past, and continue to maintain, one benefit of interacting in an online community like Steemit is that we get to meet friends from a vast variety of backgrounds. I believe that there are things that I can learn from *each* of you, no matter how diverse our beliefs.

<H3>I've been struggling a bit recently,</H3>

trying to make ends meet, while watching myself grow older. Lately, it has seemed to me that I can almost literally watch myself age in real-time. I look at my hands, and they are not the hands I remember. The face in the mirror is no longer that of a vital young man.

![Problems of Aging](https://source.unsplash.com/1kdh6jBZMeA)
<H6>Problems of Aging<BR> Photo courtesy of [Swaraj Tiwari](https://unsplash.com/@swarajtiwari) and [http://unsplash.com](http://unsplash.com)</H6>

<H3>I've been re-reading the Psalms lately.</H3>

If any of you, my Steemit friends, find yourself at loose ends, may I suggest reading the Psalms? They are filled with heart. They expose the deepest hopes and fears of people who struggle with life, even as you and I do. The Psalms record every level of this roller-coaster ride we call life; not just the peaks, but also the deepest dips and the most terrifying bumps.

<H3>When I came across this verse yesterday,</H3>

I was riveted. Here I am, worrying about my life, contemplating its not too distant end, when this phrase simply leaped out at me:

><H3>*"Your steadfast love is better than life."*</H3>

Wow, seriously? **Better** than *life*?

What's the *worst* thing that could happen to me? Why am I spending any energy *at all* thinking about the problems of personal and family survival and aging? Even if I die, I have **the steadfast love of Jesus** to rely on. I can absolutely count on him to be always acting in my best interests. His love is reliable and unchanging. He takes my every bump, each misstep, every error of mine in stride.

![What's Better Than Life?](https://source.unsplash.com/8Mm7FbkDpz0)
<H6>What's Better Than Life?<BR> Photo courtesy of [Ben White](https://unsplash.com/@benwhitephotography) and [http://unsplash.com](http://unsplash.com)</H6>

<H3>I have found Jesus,</H3>

who I believe to be God himself become man, to be the most wonderful, reliable, loving friend ever. The unswerving love of God has sustained me this far in my life, and I have no reason to expect that to change, ever.

My believing friends, I encourage you to continue to believe and to grow in your faith. And my friends who have not yet come to know Jesus?

<H3>As I often do,</H3>

I encourage you to read the book that John wrote. If you've grown up apart from faith, you may have been relying on bad information. You know, "Things other people say about Jesus," or "Ideas I have about Jesus," information you've picked up here and there.

Why not go "straight to the horse's mouth" for a change? Read [**John's book**](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1&version=ESV), an account written by one of Jesus' contemporaries, someone who lived, ate, worked with Jesus. Then see what you think.

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<center><H3>~FIN~</H3></center>

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@masyl ·
I am glad you found god in your experience. I am not a Christian but I do admire people like you who find their way to god.
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@creatr ·
Hello, @masyl! Nice to "meet" you here on Steemit.

I appreciate that you've stopped by, and your very gracious comment. If I may ask, what are your most important beliefs?

Thank you again for commenting. :)
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@jacobcards · (edited)
Jesus is the gate, the pasture of sheep is heaven. You cannot enter the pasture without going through the gate, otherwise, you are a thief jumping over the fence trying to enter into heaven. It is good that you put faith in God but I suggest you go further and look to Christ as your savior. Try reading the text and take it for exactly what it is. You will find what you are looking for. Need only knock and you will be answered. 
John 10:9 - 10:10
"I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
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@masyl · (edited)
@creatr I do believe in Jesus but not as god I am actually Muslim but I do love Jesus and I am doing a lot of research on him because what I believe is that Jesus came to teach the world about love and god. He was an inspiration and I try to be more like mary. I believe he was not crucified and he shall return when the world has forgtten god and people have gone or became evil
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@jacobcards ·
This is wonderful. You did well with this. Age is real but so is life everlasting. With that being said, we appear older but are youth is still very much so with us. Even at age 100, are souls (in terms of infinity) are still in infancy. Keep spreading the word. God bless.
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@creatr ·
Hello, friend @jacobcards. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

Yes, as Jesus said,
>*"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand."* - [**John 10:27-28**](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+10%3A27-28&version=ESV)

It's great trying to wrap your head around the idea of "never perishing." :) :) :)
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@jacobcards ·
I know ! :D It has filled my life with joy and holiness. I do feel suffering at times, but to trade a lifetime of suffering for an eternity of God is well worth the trade. The future is bright my friend! :D
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@jacobcards ·
Gave you a follow as well :D
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@bitsy ·
Amen!
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@creatr ·
Thank you for stopping by and appreciating...
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@creatr ·
Thanks!
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@eloasis44 ·
muy bueno encontrar la gracia
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@johnjgeddes ·
I love reading Shakespeare's sonnets for the poetry but they don't compare to the psalms for their poetry and wisdom...as for going forward, well, as Wiersbe says, whatever begins with God's grace will always lead to his glory. And in your case, it's all good, my friend :)
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