Monday, January 30, 2012

John 10:10

Probably one of the most quoted verses is John 10:10 which summarized says "I came that you might have life and live it to the fullest".  Just what does that mean?  Does it say that we should all be millionaires and live in mansions and drive exotic cars?  I don't think so.

Having life and living life to the fullest are two different things.  All people have life - they move and breathe - they eat and play - they sleep and work.  That may be  existence, but it certainly is not living.  

Living life means experiencing everything that life holds for you - the sad as well as the glad, the traumatic as well as the ecstatic.  When you open yourself up to all that life contains, you realize  that living life is not just about being happy.  No - it is about joy.  Joy at being who you are, joy at what you have done and what you can do, joy at the possibilities of life if you dare to experience them, joy at finding true happiness.

To find true joy you must be wiling to make changes - to eliminate those things in your life that are holding you back.  Bad attitudes - bad habits - bad relationships - all have to be removed from your life.  It is not always easy to make these changes - but with a little faith and a lot of trust - all things are possible with God.  Go to your prayer closet - close the door against the demons of failure, mistrust, anger, loneliness - and open your mind and heart to Jesus who will heal you of these demons.  It may not happen overnight - but in God's time it will!

Deacon Dale