Look also at the NASB today,
(Proverbs 11:19 NASB) He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life, And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.This is a verse that is different in the two translations because they are looking at different words in the Hebrew. Notice that both translations have implied words, those in italics. Let’s try to look at it without all the extra implied words. If you leave out the extra words this says “righteousness is life, evil is suicide.”
I don’t think this is just talking about eternal life. There are many reasons why I feel Jesus is the only way. Many of them have to do with salvation, forgiveness, eternity. In addition to that there is today. Following Jesus, walking in righteousness leads to life now. We can live in fullness and completeness without the burdens of guilt and broken personalities.
I am amused when people look at Christians and talk about how we can’t have any fun. The list of activities holy living keeps us from is really pretty short. The list of things we can do and enjoy stretch from sky-diving to knitting. Not only can we enjoy life, but we can remember what we did and feel no shame about what we remember.
Eternal life begins now.
So? Stop and consider all the blessings you have. Don’t wait for Thanksgiving Day. Just as every Sunday celebrates the resurrection, every weekday should be a day of thanks.