In life, we sometimes wrap our purpose up in what we do. We might say, “My purpose is teaching, leading worship, being a mom, preaching, or writing.” We think what we do brings purpose.
When we read John 10:10, Jesus makes His purpose clear for us. He came so we will have life ---life to the full.
Jesus wants us to live in the fullest possible way. Not a life full of overscheduled calendars and obligations but a life of abundance --- a life superior in quality. A life full of purpose, passion, and a love for people.
John 10:10 begins with, “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.”
We often focus on keeping everything in balance. Juggling time of family, ministry, and employment on the scales and keeping them in balance. But that’s a tricky act especially when these areas don’t weigh the same.
Instead, I like to picture Jesus’ idea of life to the full as Him filling us to overflowing. As we sit in His presence, we are filled with His joy, wisdom, discernment, and Spirit. Our life then overflows, pours out and refreshes the other areas of our life --- Filling them with purpose and passion.
“The key to contentment is not getting more time, energy, or money. But it is noticing more.” ~ Pastor Bob Reeves
In evaluating your own life:
Blessings on your week~
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A new year has begun and I’m guessing when the new calendar year came around, some of us started with new resolutions and goals.
I usually enjoy the beginning of a new year with planning new objectives, reaching for new ideas and beginning new habits. This year had a bit different feel to it.
For the last 5 or so years I have chosen a “word” for the new year. A word to focus my learning and place my attention. I have chosen words like courage, trust, love, welcome, to name a few. This year, I didn’t seek out a word but instead kept coming back to the idea of a verse.
Habakkuk 1:5 “Look at the nations and watch --- and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told.”
Looking at our nations and what’s happening around our world, my mind is a bit boggled. I stand shaking my head as I read stories coming across my screen. I wonder, “God, what is happening?” and this scripture returns again and again in reply… “watch and be amazed.”
We can become discouraged with the news of the day and the ever-changing environment of what we will face as the sun rises for a new beginning.
As I sit in my office typing this out to you, my eyes glance toward the blocks in my workspace.
Each block holds a different encouragement. The sides facing us today speak to us about what God is telling us about these days.
Believing with you for amazing things –
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