04 August 2009

Meditation: "Abundant Living"

Dear Friends,

"I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10b

"If we only have so many days on earth, then we should, like the inmates in the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption', see that this leaves us only two options: Get busy living or get busy dying." --Gregory S. Clapper

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Do you ever have those days when it feels like all you ever do is respond to other people's needs? (As the parent of small children, I feel like this more than I care to admit!) Or a day when you are in the middle of an activity or job and you think to yourself, "Why am I doing this? I don't even like doing this!" Or perhaps you agree to head up a committee or join a group or do something that you really don't want to do, but you do anyway out of obligation or guilt or some misguided sense of responsibility?

We don't always have the freedom to stop doing things we don't enjoy or that do not "give us life." But sometimes we do. This has been a hard lesson for me to learn.

Jesus reminds us that our lives are meant to be ALIVE--that his life is about helping us to discover our own true, abundant life. We can drag through each day with a sense of obligation, resenting the commitments in which we are involved. OR we can cut loose those activities we've taken on that truly are optional and do nothing but drag us down--so that we can then pursue those activities and relationships that truly DO give us life, and life abundant. And in so doing, we are than able to face those responsibilities in life that are non-negotiable with a whole new sense of freedom (and even joy!), because we have made space in our lives for the same revitalizing Spirit of God that pulsated deep within Jesus' life.

I hope and pray that you will find some small way to "get busy living" this week and in the days to come.

Prayer of the Day: "God of abundant life, help us not to be burdened by our responsibilities, but to embrace the abundant life you created us for, in Jesus name. Amen."

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