Spiritual Life

Learn to live, laugh each day as God intended

I've discovered three words that have totally affected my life. They are simply ... live, love and laugh!

A powerful question to begin every day with is, "What on earth am I here for?" The answer is, "To live life passionately, to love unconditionally and to laugh a lot."

Here are some thoughts that may help you live life more fully:

w Live life passionately. When we live life passionately, we don't walk through our day with a "have to" attitude, but a "get to" attitude. We must be aware of the thorns, but concentrate on the roses. Then we will be fully alive, learning to live life God's way.

I once read that our mind is similar to a computer. What we program into it dictates how it will function. We can have a powerful computer, but if we program the wrong software, it never will function as the manufacturer intended.

Similarly, we can allow negative thoughts to access our mind and this subtly changes our ability to live life passionately. We must "strip off" those old negative thoughts and "put on" fresh new living. Let's get up each day knowing that God wants to walk with us through that day -- and he has great things in store for us.

w Love unconditionally. Life is all about love, so it should be our top priority and greatest ambition. Love is not just a good part of life; it's the most important part. The Bible says, "Let love be your greatest aim." I Cor. 14:1 (LB).

The point of life is to learn to love God and then splash it out on others. Mother Teresa said, "Each time anyone comes in contact with us, they must become different and better people because of having met us. We must radiate God's love."

Loving as Jesus loves is our basic life purpose. Jesus said, "I am giving a new commandment to you now: Love each other. Just as I have loved, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." John 13:34-35 (NLT).

We need to grow in our understanding of the extravagant, unconditional love of Jesus and then to intentionally strive toward that goal in every relationship, every circumstance. Then, we have success.

Success is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bed because there's something out there that you love to do, that you believe in. Life becomes something you can hardly wait to do.

w Laugh a lot. "He will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." Job 8:21(NLT). God will help increase our EQ -- "Enjoyment Quotient." Yes, we need to practice more "giggliography."

One researcher in the area of health benefits says that people in good spirits let loose 100 to 400 laughs a day. He said laughing is a physical phenomenon that gives a workout to virtually every organ in the body. So let's appreciate even the little things in life and laugh a lot.

Let's live life passionately. Let's love unconditionally. Let's laugh a lot!

-- Rev. Marty Armstrong is a former pastor of Cathedral of Joy in Richland, assisting in relocation of senior adults. She attends South Hills Church in Kennewick. Questions and comments should be directed to editor Lucy Luginbill, in care of the Tri-City newsroom, 333 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, WA 99336. Or email lluginbill@tricityherald.com.