“The thief comes only to steal kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” ~John 10:10
Abundant = existing or available in large quantities; plentiful; ample; rich; lavish; generous; overflowing
opposite of abundant: scarce, sparse, bare, minimal
Jesus came so that we could have ABUNDANT life. Life that is overflowing with His Spirit. With His love, joy, peace, etc.
God has had me ‘sit out’ a couple days this week. You’ll notice there wasn’t a post this past Sunday or yesterday. And I almost didn’t have one for today…I’ve had ideas for what I could write about but I’m not trying to add to the noise of life. I’m not going to write if it’s not coming from Him. And I think He just wanted to mess with my perfect progression of days because I was enjoying seeing the complete list of numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc. To a perfectionist who doesn’t like to have areas that aren’t resolved, seeing missing numbers in the 31 day sequence could drive me crazy. 😉
But being crazy isn’t part of God’s abundant life. Taking days off to just soak in Him is. Taking days off to fully enjoy this amazing fall weather is. Taking days off to spend time with my husband is.
Living in God’s abundant life is ‘easy’…at least in theory. It’s realizing that certain things are more important than what our perception says is important. But the tricky part is getting our perception to line up with God’s truth.
Is getting upset about the person who cut you off *really* important? Or what about if the restaurant didn’t get your dinner right? Or what if God tells you to lay down certain areas of your life (that are near and dear to your heart) so that He can replace them with something even better…or so that He can transform what you thought was perfect into something even more perfect?
I challenge you to stop and ask God what areas of your life aren’t fully alive. Even if life is good, God is showing me how we’re never going to reach the end of His goodness. It’s His ABUNDANT, pressed down, shaken together, running over, OVERFLOWING life that He’s made available to us. All we have to do is step into it.
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