The Good Life

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

Ahh……… the good life.  What is it and better yet how do we obtain it?   Most people envision themselves lounging on a tropical beach, curling their toes into soft, white sand as they sip from a cool drink with a funny, little umbrella peeking from the top. Yet, the truth is we can be in such a beautiful setting and still be miserable, relaxed maybe, but still miserable.  I have been there and “bought the t-shirt”, as some like to say.  Were you abused as an innocent child? Did your best friend die in a automobile accident?  Maybe your spouse cheated on you or perhaps, you are fighting to survive a terrible disease.  There is still a way to have the good life.   I know, for all these tragedies have crossed my path and during them I felt like life would never be good again.   

Everyone knows the golden rule: do unto others as you would have others do unto you, but to have the “good life” the rule must be taken a step further. I have found that the good life is more like a boomerang. If you throw it out, then it will return to you.
It doesn’t matter if life has thrown us a series of curve balls; we can still hit a home run if we swing just right. It takes a strong desire, a never give up attitude and a lot of “batting practice” but the good life is worth the effort. I am not going to say it is easy. It is easier to just lay in bed with the covers over our head but if we do not play then we will definitely lose the ball game. Everyday won’t be “sunshine and roses” but if we do something good for someone else it not only revives us but can inspire others to do good as well. That is how evil in this world is overcome and the good life becomes a reality.
Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

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