Philippians 1:21 is my life motto, Paul’s great words: “For me to live is Christ; to die is gain”.
The sanity and challenge of this verse continues to blow me a way.
A reason for living: Jesus Christ, knowing Him (the power of His resurrection; fellowship in His sufferings, Phil 3:10), contentment (Phil 4:11) and satisfaction Him (Abased and abounding, Phil 4:12).
Hope in dying: Rom 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” NKJV. Groaning now and glory then, this is normal Christian living.
The thing which is so healthy about this verse is that it gives compelling reason for being on this earth (fruitful labour and joy in Christ), but it keeps me from being so attached to this earth that I overcome my homesickness for heaven, my true home.
A great reason for living in 2011, whatever it may hold!