An Abundant Life2
Spring is almost here. I don’t know if you are like me, but I love springtime! Trees grow their leaves; flowers bloom, birds build nests and lay their eggs. It feels like the earth is coming alive. Spring always brings my mind to Jesus Christ. Before He is in our life, we are dead inside. But once we invite Him into our lives to be our Savior, He gives us life and beauty.
I recently heard the new song from the Christian group, Mercy Me, titled “Say I Won’t.” This song resonated with my heart, and God used it to speak to me about thoughts that have been on my mind. The song talks about living each day fully, not just happy with being alive. So many of us live to make more money, have a big house, a nice car, and all the finer things of life. We work to get more, but we work so hard we have no time to give to our loved ones. Some of us live for the busyness of life, and we take on more and more commitments. Maybe we think the more we do, the more important we are, or perhaps we are working for the praise and recognition from others. But we can take on so much that we are exhausted and frayed, and by the time we make it home, we have nothing left to give to our family. Some of us carry burdens, deep hurts, and scars that we are living just to get through the day.
None of these are God’s desires for us. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” The Lord has pressed this upon my heart lately. Maybe it is because of all that has happened this past year with covid and everything that has come with that, but I want to live each day with my heart, eyes, and hands open to all that God has planned. To go through each day with a song in my heart. I desire a life that focuses on the essential things that money can’t buy – precious time with family and friends. Psalm 90:1 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Sometimes we go about our days as if we always have tomorrow. But, none of us know when our last day will be. This past year has made me desire to live each day as if it is my last. I want to shower love and time on my family, friends, and those I come in contact with each day. As the song “Say I Won’t” says, “I’m gonna run. No, I’m gonna fly. I’m gonna know what it means to live and not just be alive.” We need to make the most of each day and live the abundant life God desires for us. For myself, I want to be full of life, just like springtime. Just as the flowers leave a beautiful fragrance in the air, I desire to leave God’s fragrance with those around me. I want my family and friends to know how precious they are and that they are deeply loved. That comes by giving them what matters most, my precious time because one day time will be no longer for me. I don’t want my children to remember me by talking about how clean my house was or how hard I worked through the years. I want them to remember the time spent together and laugh about the wonderful memories. Memories are made by giving our most precious gifts – our time and attention. There is nothing more important in life than the people God has placed in our lives. So, let’s live the abundant life God wants for us. Let us never miss an opportunity to shower love and our undivided attention on those around us. Even on those difficult and dark days, as Mercy Me says, “I will be dancing when circumstances drown the music out.” Let us live as if this could be our last day because one day it will be. One day time will be no longer for us, and what are we going to leave behind. Let us love God deeper and the precious people He has blessed us with. Each morning thank God for another day, and then let us live with abundance every day!