You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 16:11 NRSV)
There is a story about a middle-aged man who attended a men's support group. His wife was leaving him. His business was near bankruptcy. He had gained weight and his self-esteem wasn't very high. Even his hair was thinning.
The moderator of the group explained that they would go around in a circle and each man would take a few minutes to explain what wasn't working in his life. On the second round, they would discuss what they were going to do to change it. The middle-aged man listened patiently as each of the other members spoke. When it came time for him to unburden himself, he knew that his was one of the saddest stories there. Then he noticed that the last person in the circle was a handsome young man.
"My friends," the young man said almost wistfully, "I have been diagnosed with terminal cancer." The gasp was audible in the room. "My doctors have given me three to six months to live. I have struggled with this for a month now and have finally made a decision." His voice gained self-confidence as it grew. "I am going to take up flying lessons." The words hung in the air. Flying lessons? "I have chosen to live."
Dear Jesus, thank you for the wonderful life you have given to me. Amen.