There are many things to consider about the theme of Making a Life.
One part is that you don’t make your life at all, but you receive life.
This is a Christian perspective that must be a foundation for all other perspectives. Our life is not our own. We did not give birth to ourselves. We did not grow by ourselves. We did not make it this far by ourselves. We are here because of others. Life itself is the most precious gift we have received—our first life and our born-again life. Both are SHEER GIFTS and are to be received.
Here is a second part that needs to be included in how we think about making a life.
It comes from Winston Churchill, who, as he frequently did, drives home the core idea.
Getting and giving.
Receiving and passing it on.
Being blessed to be a blessing.
Having and helping.
To whom much is given much is expected (Luke 12:48).
It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
In our culture, we are taught from early on to get, get, get. Acquire, acquire, acquire. Possess, Possess, Possess. Keep, keep, keep.
Jesus tells us that true life lies in giving ourselves away, which is exactly what he did. And the mystery and paradox is this, in giving ourselves away, we find REAL life. We MAKE a real life.
May you and I increasingly learn the generous ways of Jesus and, in so doing, LIVE.
“You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”