Archive for August, 2011

You Only Get ONE Life.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 12, 2011 by Eric Lapata

Recently, I have been reflecting on the brevity of life. I’ve always known that we only get one life, but as of late, that thought has been haunting me. Our days are not guaranteed and at any moment, our lives can be taken away.

I do not write this to only focus on the briefness of life, but rather, I say these things to both challenge and encourage one another to reflect on the one life that we have been given.  Someday when I pass away, whether that is in 70 years or as early as tomorrow, others can look at my life and say, “Eric lived a life that mattered.” My hope is that the goal of your life is to make your life count, too.

Below I have written a few things that I want my life to be known for:

  • I want to live a life that isn’t my own. My life used to be filled with emptiness, discontentment, and futility. God REDEEMED that empty way of life through Jesus and now, I have purpose, fulfillment, and hope. I am Christ’s now- and I want Him to live through me.
  • I want my wife, Paula, to say that her dream of being married was fulfilled. I want her to say that she feels loved, cared for, accepted, and always taken care of.
  • I want my kids to someday say that their father was an exact replica of God, The TRUE Father.
  • I want to live a life that isn’t obsessed with pleasing people, but is consumed with pleasing God.
  • I want to love and forgive others because I am loved and forgiven at The Cross.
  • I want to live a life that doesn’t settle for “The American Dream” but rather, is content with God and Him alone.
  • And finally, I want to stand in the presence of Christ and after a life of serving Him and making Him known, He would utter the words: “Well done, good and faithful servant…” (Matthew 25:23).

This is what I want my life to look like. A life that matters. A life that counts. A life not wasted. A life that can claim Paul’s words as my own: “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24).

We only get ONE life. What will yours look like?