by Jerry Vines

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Don't Waste Your Life (6 of 21)
Series: Joy Book
Jerry Vines
Philippians 1:21-26

Last night, the boxing career of Mike Tyson, was probably ended. Kevin McBride put him away in the sixth round. He didn't go back to fight anymore. He basically gave up.

I read an article in "USA Today" a few days ago about Mike Tyson, which I found to be rather interesting. He said, "My whole life has been wasted. I've been a failure." Then he said some other things. He said for instance, "I just want to escape. I'm really embarrassed with myself and my life." Then he said, "I'll never be happy. I believe I'll die alone. I'm really lost, but I'm trying to find myself." But the thing that really got a hold of me is where he said, "My whole life has been a waste."

He is expressing what many people in this world are expressing about life and their living of life.

Some time ago a group of students were asked to write some definitions of life. One student wrote, "Life is a punishment for the crime of being born." Another student wrote, "Life is a disease for which the only cure is death." Then many of us remember a song which had a line that said, "Living is what you do while you are waiting to die."

There is a pessimism about life and the meaning of life. We read in the Bible about those who wasted their life with riotous living. The meaning and the purpose of life. How refreshing it is, as we look at all these pessimistic statements, to turn to a positive statement from someone who has found real meaning and purpose and fulfillment in life.

The Apostle Paul gives his philosophy of life in verse 21. Do you remember when you were in school around your junior year that you were asked to write in an English class your philosophy of life? This could well be what Paul writes down as his philosophy of life. In twelve words of one syllable each he says, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

Isn't it refreshing to listen to someone ...

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