Friday, July 7, 2023

Living Large


It’s hard not to want to jump into the photo above. What’s not to like about it? A gorgeous pool, a comfortable lounge chair, the warm sun, a refreshing beverage, and a peaceful environment. It’s the ultimate vacation scene. It’s what we dream our lives should be. It’s “living large”! Maybe we don’t want to sit by a gorgeous pool all day, every day, but we do want to have life on our terms all day, every day. It’s addictive, having nice things to eat, pleasant activities, no stress, and enough money so that we never have to ask, “How much is it?” 

Enjoying the creation God gave human beings is part of his plan for our lives. What he did not plan for, however, is that our sole objective in life be to dedicate our entire selves to leisure, comfort and the pleasure of satisfying our physical and sensual desires. The difference between appreciating what God has given us and living large is perspective. The believer understands that our happiness in life happens when we put God first in every part of our lives, even the enjoyment of physical blessings. Living large sees those physical enjoyments as the ultimate goal of life – the reason for living..

Living large is a subtle trap so many Christians fall into, especially in our very prosperous United States. We may not be able to live large all the time, but we experience the sensation enough that it becomes intoxicating. 

A man by the name of Amos talked about the Living Large Syndrome. Before you blow him off as an irrelevant fanatic who lived 3000 years ago, join us for our Sunday worship service. You’re going to be surprised at how little the living large temptation has changed in three millennia. 

Sunday Worship Time: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.