We have our hope set on the living God, who is the savior of all people, especially all
of those who believe.

1 Timothy 4: 10

What does it mean to be alive? Is it that respiration is continuing, lungs moving and
heart pumping blood; sure, that is a part of it. What about having a brain that
is functioning so that the patterns of electrical impulse are not too random;
that too is useful in people. Although God does have control over these
essential aspects of what we think of as life, these ways of defining what it
means to be alive have little to do with the way that God is alive. God is
the vital life force of the universe; He set it into motion, and He keeps it
from spinning off into chaos and ruin. The Spirit of God is everywhere in Creation,
He touches it all from the smallest particle to the largest planet, and He
cares about every one of us people who populate this world with absolute love
and grace.

We may tend to think that once we have come to know God personally that His saving work
is finished in us, but He continues to be intimately involved
with us. The Lord does this in order to bring each of us closer to Him and
to lead us into love and righteousness. God wants us to love Him and to love
each other in ways and with the depth of commitment that He brings to relating
with us; thus, He continues to show us His heart, and He leads us away from the
evil that tries to disrupt our lives.

God is alive in my life; He is the central living force in the world. The Lord is
dynamic so that He is capable, available, and involved in all situations and
for all aspects of my life. Every drop of true vitality that flows through
me, and all of the impulse to love others well and to live righteously that
drives my better actions come from God and are provided by His Spirit.
Therefore, the best approach to living this day well is to start in close and
focused interaction with God; thus, His hope for the day can take over where,
otherwise, my apprehensions would tend to be in control. Then the love
that the Lord brings will replace the fears that my heart would more naturally
set into motion. Christ, alive in me and vital in my world, is the only true
hope for this day, and there is nothing more that I actually need.