How much is ‘as much as I can’?

IMG_0918 Julianne & Tom 1971
It really does just seem like yesterday that I was attending high school and dealing with all the ‘drama’ that went on then. Quickly I transitioned into marriage, having children, college, church and career. In a brief snap…I am now 63 years old and it amazes me how much I’ve seen, everything that I have experienced, and how quickly it has flown!

My dear sweet mother Julia Tanner, told me many times that the older she got, the faster time went and I am experiencing that now as well! I’m not remorseful, I have no regrets. I am simply amazed that in a few years I will be the old woman in a nursing home, waiting to die. I do not fear death as I know Jesus as my personal Father God and trust His word to be true….so I’m good there! SO what is your dilemma you ask?

I have no dilemma. I only want to enjoy as much as I can, be as healthy as I can, share life with others as much as I can, be honest as much as I can, share Christ with others as much as I can, experience as much as I can, and make a difference as much as I can. Sooooo, I guess the question is: How much is ‘as much as I can’?

Well, it is everything I got! All of me! Here is is clincher though: I cannot give all of myself unless I am taking care of myself, am healthy, watch my food intake, volume and calories…..because if I rob my own self of my health; I’ll have nothing much to give! I’ve said this many times, but I’ll say it again: God lovingly has given us the tools to be smart (brain) and take care of ourselves. Because of selfishness and pride, we like to over indulge and abuse the very body God gave us, and we only have one body!

So I have made the decision to take care of my body, mind and soul for the rest of my life. I am chosing to put ‘life’ first, and self second. The pleasure life has for us is directly related to how we can receive it and to receive it we must be disciplined. Those who take and take, die hard. Those who give and give, live well.

So as I go into my 64th year, I am reminded that yes indeed, these ARE the golden years and I want my treasure to be refined and shiney just like gold! No matter where you are in your life….don’t rob yourself of a great life. How much is, “as much as I can”? It is as much as you are willing to give…..so decide NOW to to define ‘as much as I can’ and then just start doing it. Give….and live well!

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