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Published on April 29th, 2016 | by Alathia Haylie

Life Is a Gift, So Start Living Like It





There are days where all I want to do is curl up in a dark corner, cower in defeat, and lament my life.

Nothing goes the way I think I deserve it should go. Whether in my family, relationships, at my work, or in my heart, my focus becomes misplaced and I begin pitying myself because life is not all it was once cracked up to be.

Life hurts. I know.

But I’ve been learning some pretty interesting lessons about life…lessons about the good days, and about the painful, hard days as well.

1. We are called to a hard life.

Jesus said in Luke 9:23 that any who want to be worthy of following Him should pick up his own cross and follow Him wholeheartedly.

To a first century Jew, the cross was a symbol of torture, humiliation, and shame … who in their right mind would want to pick up that?

Here’s where the rubber of doing hard things meets the road. Following Jesus isn’t supposed to be easy.

It’s supposed to glorify the Father. That often requires pain, and virtual death to our selfish desires, lusts and egos.

We, as Christians, are called to doing hard things more than I once realized, and more often than my comfort-seeking heart wants.

2. We are called to a purposeful life.

We are created to be loved by God and glory in His excellent name. We see this truth in many Bible passages such as Ephesians 2:10. We are here to glorify Him.

He could have been done with us after Eve ate the forbidden fruit. He could have wiped us out and started over. But He loved us and He is faithful. He made a way for us to be with Him forever because of love.

That unwavering love is what gives you and me purpose.

3. We are given a beautiful life.

I know heartache. I know pain. I know life can be incredibly hard. I also know that life can be so incredibly beautiful.

From the miracle of grace to the miracle of you and me breathing, this life truly leaves me in awe.

We don’t deserve this life. We don’t deserve our breathing privileges. We don’t deserve to feel full after a meal, have a hot shower, or get to work on time.

We, as humans, deserve nothing less than Hell, forever. Yet here we are. Cherished. Loved. Able to be satisfied. Smothered in grace. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?

So yes, life is hard.

Life is also a beautiful, generous gift from God.

How could the world be changed if our generation started living like that was true?


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About the Author

is a graciously forgiven high-school senior, whose broken soul has been mended by the Author of life. She has a passion for helping children and other teens know how much they are loved. When she’s not studying, you will likely find her playing piano, sipping on a cup of coffee, perusing local used book shops, or participating in an epic round of Mario Kart with her brothers.



  • Cricket

    Good article, Haylie, and so true. I heard a thing once that said for Christians, this world is the worst it’s gonna get, but for non-believers, this is the best. It also makes me think of the song, ‘This is a Beautiful World’. Sometimes I can only see the poverty, the wars, and the Syrian refugee crisis and I have to remind myself that there’s more to life than the bad stuff.

    • Haylie

      Thanks for reading, Cricket! :)

  • Charity Rose

    Wow I love this article!! Good job, Allie..um.. Haylie. We were given a beautiful life and that is sometimes hard to remember!

    • Ah-Lay-Thee-Uh I think lol =)

      • Haylie

        See, you’re both right, lol. *sighs* I guess I should have told y’all I go by Allie in real life (Charity is my RL friend).

        • OMGOSH I’m an idiot lol! Whoopsies =P

          • Haylie

            Lol you’re not an idiot, Josh!

          • Lol thanks =P

      • Charity Rose

        Haha Alathia Haylie is my best friend her nick name is Allie but I call her both Allie and Alathia

        • That’s super cool that you know her irl =)

          • Haylie

            Meh, not really, she knows how weird I actually am…

          • Charity Rose

            Allie you are not weird!!!!!

          • Haylie

            Excayuuse me?

          • Charity Rose

            No more weird than me lol

          • Haylie

            Lol true true XD

          • Hahaha I would take weird as a compliment ;D

          • Haylie

            Well, I do too… usually… lol

          • Yeah, “usually” is right lol. Wouldn’t want certain people calling me that…like my boss…or a professor XD

          • Haylie

            Haha… true that.

          • John Oxide

            Speaking of spamming there’s also those creeps that read conversations they weren’t even a part of. . .now that’s weird.

          • Aaron C.

            Hehe… I should probably stop that habit…
            Btw, how do you know people do that?

          • He can read people’s minds through the computer 😏

          • Haylie

            Yikes that’s freaky. ;P

          • Aaron C.

            Lol, cool! I didn’t know that @liv737johnoxide:disqus had super powers!

          • Hahaha yup, he’s a piano with eyes that are worlds and a mind that can read minds XD

            I am, lol. And I’ve grown a face as well =P jk

          • Aaron C.

            LOL XD

          • John Oxide

            That’s a new edition.

          • John Oxide

            Actually, people’s hearts.

          • Even better, hahaha XD

          • Haylie

            You mean, even creepier? XD

          • John Oxide

            Because I was talking about myself, as I was creepily reading a conversation I wasn’t a part of.

          • Aaron C.

            Oh! I gotcha! Good to know I am not the only one. 😉

          • John Oxide

            Everyone does it!

          • Aaron C.

            Awesome!

          • Btw do you mind us spamming your thread? lol

          • Haylie

            I really don’t care at all XD

          • Awesome *spams more* =P

          • Haylie

            lol

          • Charity Rose

            What?

          • All these random, off-topic comments = spam =P

          • Charity Rose

            Oh ok lol

          • Hang around here long enough and you’ll learn about spam real quick, lol. Or on Revive…it gets bad on Revive XD

          • Haylie

            Haha see, I never actually got on Revive, so I wouldn’t know.. but I heard stories… lol

          • You have a profile though, and quite a few followers considering you’ve never commented or posted =P

          • Just checked you have 16 followers =P a lot of active people don’t even have that many

          • John Oxide

            Wait. Why do you have to make everything so confusing? Now there are two Josh A.’s and one really is the original. . .Where have I been?

          • Lol! When I changed back I contemplated naming myself “THE Josh A.” or something like that but I didn’t wanna look like I was dissing the other Josh A =P

          • Haylie

            Haha so I just realized you were talking about my account on Revive lol. I was so confused, I had no idea what you were talking about. *facepalm* It only took me 13 days. XD

          • Hahaha wow, congratulations lol!!! I guess I should’ve clarified what I was trying to say there XD

          • Haylie

            Nah you’re good lol 😉

          • Hey it’s been good talking/spamming, I gotta run for now though. Ttyl! =)

          • Haylie

            Good talking/spamming with you guys too!

          • John Oxide

            Wait. Haylie! I’m not alone?

          • Haylie

            Nope, I guess you’re not alone. *highfive*

          • *sings* Just know you’re not alone…’cuz I’m gonna make this place your…who me? Getting off topic? Naw never =P

          • Haylie

            *joins in singing* Goodness, Josh, now that’s gonna be stuck in my head… literally all day… way to go.

          • YOU’RE WELCOME!!!! XD

          • Haylie

            Whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh. Whoa oh oh oh.

          • Settle dooooooowwwwwn it’ll all be clear

          • Haylie

            Augh Joshie, you’re not helping!

    • Apologies, I had no idea you were Haylie/Alathia/Allie’s real life friend =P

      • Charity Rose

        That’s OK it’s an honest mistake lol

  • Anne

    Awesome article, Haylie! Those were some really good points. Sometimes it is hard to remember that life is beautiful when all the bad stuff is going on. I have decided that I’m going to try and remember that I have a beautiful life when I’m starting to feel discouraged. Thanks for writing! You’ve encouraged me today. :)

    • Haylie

      Aww, I’m so glad it was an encouragement to you, Anne. Thank you for reading!

  • Wow. I just gave a speech with these almost exact same points this past week. Too cool. I love your look into this. :)

    • Haylie

      Whoa, great minds think alike, I guess 😉 Thanks for reading, Brooke!

  • Hannah T.

    Great article, Haylie! Sometimes it’s hard to remember how beautiful life is when you’re going through a tough time.

    • Haylie

      Thanks Hannah. It’s true, It’s hard to remember sometimes… Thanks for reading :)

  • Aaron C.

    “Life is Beautiful…” That is something I really needed to hear today. Thank you! This was really encouraging.

    • Haylie

      I’m so glad it encouraged you, Aaron. Thank you for reading :)

  • Feeling Bookish

    This is really encouraging, because you’re right God could have just wiped us out and then started over, but he didn’t he loves us even though we sin. Thank you.

    • Haylie

      I’m glad! My brother preached a sermon recently where he brought up that point, and I was like, “Oh… wow there’s yet another reason showing that God does really love us!”

  • Wow, This is a great read! Great job, Haylie!! I love how you say that life is beautiful! It really is… sometimes it’s hard to remember that tho. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Haylie

      You’re welcome, Ashley. Yep, it can be super hard to remember sometimes… I was having a particularly hard time remembering how beautiful life was when I wrote this article, actually. Thanks for reading! :)

  • Gabriel Miller

    “We don’t deserve this life. We don’t deserve our breathing privileges…” Thanks for that great reminder! I take things for granted way too often.

    • Haylie

      Me too! Isn’t it wonderful that we serve such a gracious God though? :)

      • Gabriel Miller

        Indubitably!!

  • Olivia R.

    Thank you for writing this! It is a great reminder, especially #2. Thank you! :)

    • Haylie

      You’re welcome, Olivia! :)

  • Great article. “But God loves us and he is faithful”

    • Haylie

      Thank you for reading, Delaney :)

  • Agreed with all the other comments! The novel part of the post that I particularly value is the recognition that life is difficult and that’s not a problem. We cannot doubt when faced with trials; Jesus Himself faced more trials than we will ever face combined! Plain and simple, we must excel in the midst of our trials with the help of the Holy Spirit.

    • John Oxide

      And when we do deal with doubt we can put our doubts on Christ.

    • Haylie

      Truth. Thanks for reading, Christos!

  • Love this! Thanks, friend.

    • Haylie

      You’re welcome :)

  • Sarah A.

    Great article and such a good reminder, Haylie! It can be hard to remember that life is beautiful sometimes. I’ve been having a little bit of a hard time with that recently, but God continuously reminds me how amazingly beautiful the world he created is.

    • Haylie

      Glad you enjoyed it, Sarah! Thanks for reading :)

  • Matthew Christian

    Thanks for the encouragement and great article!! 😀 It’s hard to remember these things, but they are totally true! 😀 Great reminder!

    • Haylie

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Matthew. It makes my heart very happy to know it encouraged you :)

  • McKaylee M.

    I’ve been having a tough time with my life lately and this really helps make sense of everything. Thanks!

    If y’all want to check out my sisters blog it’s awesome and called lifeonpointe. It’s got a ton a short and inspiring stories and life hacks, ect. ect. I’d love for y’all to check it out! Thanks again!

    • Haylie

      Thanks for reading McKaylee! I hope your sister’s blog encourages many :)

  • McKaylee M.

    https://lifeonpointeblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/selfie/

    Here’s the link to her blog if y’all want it.

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