“God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath and life to everyone in all the world.” Isaiah 42:5 (NLT)
God is the creator of life. He brought living creatures into the world and breathed His life into dead soil to make the first man. Life is personal to God. It precious to Him.
And so it should be precious to us.
That’s why I love organizations like Feed My Starving Children (www.fmsc.org) — an organization that seeks to feed both body and soul of the millions of children around the world who are starving. Literally starving. These are kids who would love to grow and develop and play and celebrate life. They would love to use the body that God has given to them and discover its potential … but the lack of food resources has stunted their ability to do so.
Those of us in the “developed” world have more than an abundance of opportunities to care for the bodies God has given to us. We have an abundance of food resources … and yet many of our bodies remain neglected of what they really need. Most of us have the ability to care for our bodies well, but choose not to (by action or inaction). Oh, how the children of the underdeveloped world would love to have the ability to care for their bodies as we do.
So here’s my plea: cherish the life that God has given you and don’t squander the opportunity you have to care for it. And while you do, seek opportunities to help those who can’t. Life is precious. Cherishing it is a choice.