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To Live is Christ

“To live is Christ, but to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 This verse by Saint Paul has always resonated with me. At first, I didn’t really understand it, but as I’ve grown in my relationship with Christ, I rediscover its meaning over and over again. The idea is that until we are fully united with God in heaven, we have to sacrifice like Christ did and live here on earth. We must live in order to shape all of creation around God’s plan, to help the outcast, to bring light to darkness, to use our God-given gifts and talents to edify a broken world. Saint Paul continues in saying that he is “hard-pressed between the two,” that is between living like Christ and dying in order to gain Christ. He understood what a sacrifice it was to delay time in heaven for doing God’s will on earth. I know the feeling. I don’t want to do this life oftentimes. I’m supposed to be using my gifts for the world, but I am so much more content (perhaps complacent) by simply experiencing, listeni

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