by Jerry Watts

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Living Life to the Fullest (21 of 49)
Series: Romans- God's Glorious Gospel
Jerry Watts
Romans 7:1-6

• In December 2007, the Gallup organization took a survey which revealed 8 in 10 Americans were (are) satisfied with their lives. In fact, almost 6 of 10 are "very satisfied" with their lives. Reading these numbers causes a person to ask this, "What exactly brings Americans personal satisfaction?"
• This question takes on new meaning when considering what the Gallup group discovered in the weeks following 9/11. During this period of time, the number of people who would use "satisfied" to describe their lives dropped to less than 3 in 10. I don't know what this says to you, but for me it is a eye-opening reminder of how, generally speaking, Americans tend to evaluate their life based on materialistic things. And when confronted with their mortality, all of a sudden, life is viewed differently.
• It would be difficult to believe that there is anyone in this room who desires to life a "so-so" life. Most, if not all, desire to live life to the fullest. We want meaning, purpose, and impact. We want to leave our mark on this world. The question is, "How can we do it?"
• Last Monday evening, Bro. Kevin Hamm reminded us that we only have ONE life. In her 1975 song entitled "We have this moment today", Gloria Gaither penned these words, "We have this moment to hold in our hands and to touch, as it slips through our fingers like sands." If we only have one life, if there is only one opportunity, and if we are to live our lives to the fullest, "HOW DO WE GO ABOUT IT?"
• It is obvious from the Gallup report that most Americans have defined the "American Dream" as was done after WWII, "to settle down, get a job, and get married, a car, and a house." Now, I'm not suggesting that anything is wrong with these goals, if these goals are placed in proper perspective. However, if we build our lives on this definition of the American Dream, when faced with t ...

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