Abundant Life

La Vie Abondante is French for abundant life. John 10:10 says that “the thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy; I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.” (NASB)

 

There will be much said about this verse and how its truths continue to play out in my life as I move through this blogging experience. But for now, suffice it to say that I desire to live the abundant life God intended just for me. I know that along the way there will be (and have been) very difficult times. Times of frustration, challenge, and loss. But I also know I am not choosing an either-or life. In those less-than-enviable times I still believe God’s desire is for His abundance to flow.

 

 Am I frustrated? God can supply an abundance of peace and a few lessons in patience and perseverance.

 

 Am I afraid? God can supply an abundance of courage … and the right women around me to convince me to use it!

 

 Am I broken? God can and does supply me an abundance of mercy. And not just any mercy, but the truly amazing kind that compels me to honor it through repentance and a new way of doing things.

 

 Am I discouraged? God supplies me with the abundance of His word and the encouragement of its truths.

 

 Am I weary? God supplies me with the abundance of His strength.

 

 You get the picture.

 

 I want to be honest about what abundance looks like in my life. I am not talking about floating on a cloud with more Dove chocolate than a girl could ever want. Sometimes the only abundance I see when I look around is my own stupidity! But the abundance I seek is the kind that plays out in my everyday life with its everyday circumstances. Along those lines, I love how The Message literates Romans 12:1 about living the transformed life:

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

 

 

 

 

 

So my questions for myself are:

·     Which abundance takes precedence in my life? The abundance of God or the abundance of me?

·     Am I allowing God to mature me or am I allowing my circumstances to drag me down?

·     Do I allow my responses to life to be shaped by the abundance of God’s presence and power at work in me, or do I allow my responses to my circumstances to be shaped through screens of disappointment, frustration and blame?”

 

 In truth, am doing okay in some areas, and failing miserably in others. But I am okay with that because I know that as I submit, God will equip me to deal with one miserable area in me at a time.

 

 Okay … enough waxing for today. My daughter is tugging at me to go outside and I think she may be on to something! Oh, and I see she is in her third outfit change since coming home from MDO. I better go buy some more laundry detergent …

 

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3 Comments

  1. Shirley said,

    May 16, 2008 at 2:03 am

    OK…what a question… Do I allow my responses to life to be shaped by the abundance of God’s presence and power at work in me, or do I allow my responses to my circumstances to be shaped through screens of disappointment, frustration and blame?” You DO know how to ask the tough ones! I HOPE that in most situations I respond with the former but I also KNOW that in many day-to-day situations…it’s the latter. Why is it that the day to day life is sometimes harder to bear and more difficult to find a place for God than the BIG things? It reminds me of the saying, “Take time to stop and smell the roses.” It could just as well be, “Take time in your busy day to day life to see God’s abundance all around us!”

  2. lavieabondante said,

    May 16, 2008 at 3:58 am

    Amen, Shirley! And for the record, I’ve watched you “live out” your life for the better part of 12 years, and I think your are rockin’ it!

  3. Peggy said,

    May 16, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Tough questions! I can honestly say that I do fall victim to situations that leave me frustrated and then I call on God to pour out that abundant life on me to handle it. I have matured in that aspect. I see a huge difference this year in my actions at school since I strive to allow the light of Christ to shine through me as a witness to students. At times, the culture that is at the school can be negative, overbearing, and frustrating and can bring a teacher down so quickly. This year I vowed before God to handle things with Him at my side and I have to fix my focus on Him!! I pray the students get a glimpse of my dependence on God to get me through the day. Thanks for the reflective questions!!


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