Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The living response to everything around me.

March 21, 2016

Life -  The living response to everything around me.

As I was getting ready for this day, I decided all of my work on this little project will begin with my definition of Life.  

I will research, I will contemplate, I will write knowing that what I am doing is the living response to everything around me.

I can not even begin to imagine how much has been written to define "life".  I haven't even completed a search just to see.   

If someone were to look up the definition of "life" they would discover the following:

From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/life
Simple Definition of life
: the ability to grow, change, etc., that separates plants and animals from things like water or rocks
: the period of time when a person is alive
: the experience of being alive

From https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=life%20definition
: the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.
"the origins of life"  
: the existence of an individual human being or animal.

March 22, 2016

Life - the living response to everything around me.

From http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=life&allowed_in_frame=0

Old English life (dative lif) "existence, lifetime, way of life, condition of being a living thing, opposite of death," from Proto-Germanic *libam (cognates: Old Norse lif "life, body," Dutch lijf "body," Old High German lib "life," German Leib "body"), properly "continuance, perseverance," from PIE *leip- "to remain, persevere, continue; stick, adhere" (see leave (v.)). Much of the modern range of meanings was present in Old English. Meaning "property which distinguishes living from non-living matter" is from 1560s. Sense of "vitality, energy" is from 1580s. Extended 1703 to "term of duration (of inanimate objects)." 

Life-jacket is from 1840; life-preserver from 1630s of anything that is meant to save a life, 1803 of devices worn to prevent drowning. Life-saver is from 1883, figurative use from 1909, as a brand of hard sugar candy, from 1912, so called for shape. Life-form is from 1861. Life cycle is from 1855.

A little detour - I have three very close friends.  they are my prayer warriors, my confidants, my Bible study partners.  They are my friends.  And one of their daughters has joined us in praying through email.  So their are five of us that will send out prayer requests, send out prayers of thanksgiving. This morning I sent the following to them.

Some of you are using Ann VosKamp's  Joy Dare.  If you're not, the Joy Dare for this day is to find "3 gifts found in His word".

I wrote in my journal the following:

In the Beginning 
(if you have 34.35 minutes to listen to Dick Lincoln's March 13th sermon, go online and listen.  The entire sermon is from Genesis 1:1.  I've listened to it three times and will go back again.)
Do not be afraid.
(last year I researched the NIV and found these words are said 70 times.)
I am going to prepare a place for you.
(I went to a gender reveal party on Sunday.  When I drove up I saw about 15 cars and didn't recognize any.  I almost left.  I am so uncomfortable going to any place if I'm unsure if I will know who is there.  So glad I know Jesus is waiting for me in His place.)

What three gifts do you find in His word?

I've found a third definition source for life and I've sent out an email to my friends and now it is time for prayer.  I don't know if I will write any more this morning.  If you read this page, please leave a comment telling me your definition of life.  If you are a follower of Christ and wish to join me in the "3 gifts found in His word" please do so.

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