Friday, April 7, 2017

The Abundant Life

The thief approaches with malicious intent, looking to steal, slaughter, and destroy; I came to give life with joy and abundance.
John 10:10, The Voice

The pitter-patter of little feet sounds more like the galloping of a brontosaurus as my little sensory seekers jump straight from their sweet soft slumber into the busyness of their day. The excited chattering in the living room, screeching with joy, peals of laughter and delight circle through my kitchen and straight into my bedroom wall. I stuff my face further in my pillow and think how I’m just not ready for this. But ready or not, here they come, in need of the bathroom, a drink of water, a banana, and a snuggle so hard it makes me feel like I’m an old, worn-out crash pillow.

 I have mulled it over more times than I can count. How does it happen? When does it happen? Where does that excitement go? My children cannot wait to greet the day and I cannot bear the thought of dragging my weary body out of bed so soon again. I want to get back to that place – that place where I am so excited about what the day will bring that I cannot wait to get up and find out. But instead, I grab my cup of attitude adjustment, fry up a few eggs, and carefully dot on a layer of black eyeliner with a parade of wee ones marching by to use the bathroom. It’s hard to find the joy when I am this tired.

Jesus doesn’t call us to a weary life, a worn-out life, a miserable life. No way. Jesus wants to give us an abundant life, a joy-filled life, a life of blessings. It doesn’t mean there won’t be any heartache or disappointment or suffering, but there will also be joy, and love, and contentment. And when I find myself spending too much time hiding in the warmth of my cozy bed, I know I need to adjust not just my attitude, but my lifestyle.

When I hear myself complaining, I know I need to practice speaking with gratefulness and kindness.

When I feel my body being too tired to face the day, I know I need to remove the time-stealers until I get some rest to reinvigorate these weary bones.

When I get a taste of envy towards those who seem to have an easier life, I know I need to reach out and help others who are struggling, so I can feed their hungry stomachs and help us both fill up on the real Bread of Life, Jesus.

When I see myself slipping further and further from God, I know I need to find Him in the pages of my Bible, reading God’s Words and praying in conversation with the Father who loves me.

And when I smell the stench of disappointment and discouragement, I know I need to breathe in deeply of the Life-Giving Holy Spirit so that I can breathe out hope and joy.

I don’t want negativity to steal my joy, and I don’t the weight of the world to hamper my ability to show joy to my family. I want to have this abundant life that only Jesus can give, and I refuse to let exhaustion and attitude take it away. I want to greet the day with excitement, ready to take on the world, ready to wrestle and hug my little sensory seekers with strength, and energy, wonder and joy, and a love that can only reflect the love of Christ.

Dear God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit,

Breathe new life, new hope, new energy, gratitude, and rest into me today so that I can spread love and joy and excitement for You abundantly.   Amen. 

1 comment:

  1. You are amazing! What a great message! Thank you.