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I’m sure you want to enjoy an abundant life. I know I sure do. Truth be told, I already experience abundance in my life. But, the words that Jesus used indicates the kind of fullness that overflows…that is impossible to measure. So, it’s logical that there’s always more to be had, eh?
Just to be clear…
When I say abundance of life, I am including the full spectrum of what that means. Finances are important because that is the normal medium of exchange. But, more cash is only a potential part of the whole. In fact, there are other things that are more powerful than money that people don’t often consider.
Sometimes we need favor more than we need cash. And, although it’s not nearly as common as it once was, bartering is another form of “currency” that potentially has a great deal of value.
But, I digress…
I want to draw our attention to the fact that there are elements in the “abundance package” that must be acknowledged as valid, or authentic abundance will never be achieved. First the points and then the descriptions:
- Failing is in the same pea-pod as abundance.
- Being “brain-weary” busy is a road that leads away from abundance.
- Starting “somewhere” will get you closer to abundance than the most brilliant, creative idea.
- Waiting for someone, including God, to give you abundance is a waste of valuable time.
- What you own does not prove your abundance.
Failing is in the same pea-pod as abundance
Failing is not the same as failure. Failing is like falling down when a baby is learning to walk. We all will be babies at many things in life as we are learning them. The failure is the baby who refuses to get up and try again.
The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. One of the greatest baseball players of all time, Babe Ruth, holds many “at bat victories. Babe Ruth also struck out far more times than he connected with the ball.
Behind every great piece of art is a thousand failed attempts to make it, but these attempts are simply never shown to us. Whatever defines abundance for you is perfected by getting up one more time than you fall down. That especially includes relationships. You may not be good at them, but you can become increasingly better as long as you don’t throw in the towel. Positive relationships with others is one of the most valuable commodities we will ever own.
Being “brain-weary” busy is a road that leads away from abundance.
Some people would equate abundance with being active and busy. Being active can lead to abundance, but with so many people I’ve known through the years (including today…and including myself) always being “on the go” actually leads away from abundance.
Busyness isn’t a virtue, nor is it something to respect. Though we all have seasons of crazy schedules, very few of us have a legitimate need to be busy ALL the time. We simply don’t know how to live within our means, prioritize properly, and say no when we should.
Being busy rarely equates to productive abundance these days. Though being busy can make us feel more alive than anything else for a moment, the sensation is not sustainable long term. We will inevitably, whether tomorrow or on our deathbed, come to wish that we spent less time in the buzz of busyness and more time actually living a purposeful life. We’ll realize we traded constant activity for many of the things that truly matter.
Starting “somewhere” will get you closer to abundance than the most brilliant, creative idea.
Abundance never comes to look for you while you wait around thinking about it. Ideas about abundance are useless without action. Creative ideas holds ten percent of the value of any truth. Ninety percent of the power is in the activating of the information. Remember that the next conference or workshop or bible study you attend.
If you wait until you feel 100% ready to begin, you’ll likely miss out on the abundant life that Jesus promises us and those who’d be positively affected by our imperfect actions.
Waiting for someone, including God, to give you abundance is a waste of valuable time.
Too many sincere Christians are waiting on God to act on His own and bless their lives with His abundance without partnering with Him in the process.
We need to wait on the Lord for richness of relationship with Him. We need to do the same things to foster closeness with Him that we would with any earthly relationship we care about. He grants wonderful ideas in those times, but it’s for the purpose of acting on His ideas and practical wisdom. He’s looking for co-creators of abundance. Not that act on their own, but in concert with Him.
What you own does not prove your abundance.
There’s not necessarily anything wrong with owning things (depending on one’s motivations), but things are just that…things. They prove nothing about the abundance of one’s life.
One final word…
Life and change are also two peas in the same pod. However good or bad a situation is now, it will change. That’s the one thing you can count on. So when life is good, enjoy it. Don’t go looking for something better every second. Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they have while they have it.
Also, don’t be constantly expecting you will loose something precious. But, allow it to grow and change. Just because it’s changing doesn’t mean you are loosing it.
Something I sometimes sense while I’m writing…
The last sentence in italics had the deep feeling that it was a word of encouragement from the Lord for somebody reading it. It’s not there by accident.
May the experience of abundance in life be yours! Perhaps it will, once you begin to change the definition.
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