Live To The Hilt

Renee Ann Smith —  August 10, 2015 — 15 Comments

Sometimes it feels like life has grown complicated.

My daily tasks are simple enough. Once I’ve done some planning, I could walk through my days without thinking or feeling much.

And that’s the problem.

I don’t want to just  go through the motions and mark time from now until Jesus calls me home.

Jim Elliot said, “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

Jim Elliot Wherever you are be all there

But this world is a messy place. Experiencing all the highs & lows, allowing our feelings to be touched by the heartaches & hurts of those around us, can be painful and exhausting.

Many people end up doing whatever it takes to avoid feeling the guilt, loneliness, despair, rejection, fear, and regret that seem to characterize life. Whether it’s drowning their sorrows or closing their hearts off in a safe, little bubble.

It’s tough to be in the world but not of it.

On one hand, God put eternity in our hearts and we long for . . . 

Beauty that will never fade

Love that will never die

Peace and hope and happy

Enough to fill every empty place inside us.

Yet we live in this transitory world, and just like fall turns to winter, people disappoint us, pleasures come and go, kids grow up and move on . . .

Sometimes the good-byes to be said at the end discourage us from even beginning.

We yearn to freeze our best moments and hold them close. We yearn for joys that last. 

Yet we feel them slipping through our fingers.

Fortunately, God has made a way for us to straddle both words.

Because in Jesus, time and eternity meet.

He is 100 percent God, made the world, knew us before we were born, and even appeared in the Old Testament.

Yet He came as a man. He lived in this world as an eternal being limited by a human body. He ate, slept, hungered, wept, laughed, grew weary, felt pain . . . just as we do.

And this God-Man, who knows our frames and guards our hearts, helps us embrace life without fear.

In Him, we find balance, a soothing balm, a buoy to reach for when we’re sinking.

He saturates our days with eternal value as we navigate this world

And afterwards receives us into glory.


Heaven Peter Kreeft

Let’s look for glimpses of glory today. Blessings, friends!

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

15 responses to Live To The Hilt

  1. I agree with you, Renee–this world is definitely a messy place. But all the more reason for us to live life to the hilt. Thanks for the encouragement to keep that attitude. It makes not only our own days more blessed, but hopefully the days of others too.

  2. What a great post! Thank you for the inspiration. I’m stopping by from Modest Mom.

  3. I love these quotes you feature, Renee, and the encouragement I’ve found here. Yes, he knows our frames and guards our heart. Such good truth!

  4. Beautiful words spoken here, Renee, by you and so many others. Thanks for the inspiring reminder that heaven is our real home!

  5. You’re so right, Renee! It’s hard to be in the world but not be of it. This blog post is a great reminder to me today. Thanks for the encouragement over on the #RaRaLinkup!

  6. Wow. I love the wisdom behind this. It’s actually hard to wrap our head around the mystery of God but it’s still comforting to know that He is the omnipotent and omnipresent God. 🙂

  7. What encouraging words today, Renee!

    I love the Jim Elliot quote, “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

    Oh, how often I don’t live to the hilt!

    But, I am going to today! Thank you for the reminders…

    Came over on Works for Me, and I am always glad when you and I are “parked” near each other on a link up. I really enjoy your posts.

    Hope you have a blessed day~

  8. Renee, what hope in these words: “He saturates our days with eternal value as we navigate this world.” Seeking Him first helps us find value in the rest. Looking for His glory today and every day. Thank you, Renee, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

  9. Beautiful and true! I’m so glad we have Jesus to bridge the gap – and take us with him. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  10. Living to the hilt should be what this Christian life is all about. How I forget and take the “messy” stuff far too seriously. Thank you, Renee, for this beautiful encouragement.

  11. I am finding that, the more I open myself to the pain of life in this world, the more I’m able to receive its great joy too.

  12. Love the quote from Jim Elliot – that’s really something the Lord has been laying on my heart – to be all there, to savor the moments and not always be looking beyond. So glad Jesus helps us embrace life abundant. Happy to be your neighbor at #belovedbrews today!

  13. Great message Renee. It was fun to see it shares on our Northwest Christian Writer’s Association page today. Bless you. I hope your novel is coming along.

  14. Wonderful post, Renee. And I love the images with the fabulous quotes. So thankful that this world is not my home, but I’m so homesick!!!
    Thanks for linking up with Grace & Truth this week!

  15. “Live to the hilt” – I love that!! Thanks so much for sharing at Works for Me Wednesday!

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