“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10b
How are you doing with living what Jesus calls an abundant life?
A life not focused on trivialities, but on substance.
A life with purpose that goes beyond what we can see.
A life of gratefulness for the pleasures we can enjoy, the beauties we can see, and the people we can love.
A life in which we truthfully can say something like, “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing else I need.”
Pastor and writer John Piper talks about living with “. . . the awakening of heart capacities to soar with beauties, and the mysteries of creation and redemption, and with the revelation of God’s nature and God’s ways in Scripture.” A heart that soars – that sounds like abundant living, doesn’t it?
Notice that abundance does not mean lots of stuff, money, thrills, or entertainment. It’s a deeper level richness – abundance of the heart, of relationships, of eternal values, of appreciation. It’s a learned skill to rise above the earthly to the spiritual, but it’s so worth the effort.
Here’s a prayer that might help us get a bit closer to the abundant life we all want:
Lord teach me to play, to have fun, to enjoy this life with you at my side. Teach me to be courageous, to try new things, to risk failure. Give me the imagination to find new paths, make new friends, travel to new places, to stretch and grow and love and learn and dream. Teach me how to skip happily through life in love with you, enjoying your presence with me always.
“The transformation of the self away from a life of fear and insufficiency takes place as we fix our minds upon God as he truly is.”” – Dallas Willar