The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Have it to the full – or abundant. Now that’s the life I want to live. In fact, it’s the life I feel I do live. Sundays as a pastor are technically work – but they sure don’t feel that way. They feel like a gift, a privilege, and ABUNDANT. I don’t think we all get to have a vocational occupation that is our actual life’s call, but I find myself overly blessed that I do have a job that is exactly my life’s call – ministering to families and sharing the hope of Jesus.
Yesterday was a busy Sunday at Victory Church and I found myself catching my breath at around 10pm last night. Even as I was driving home, I thought to myself, “What are hard day of work, but what a happy, fun day of work.” Not everything I did yesterday was fun in the moment, but in the long-run, it was fulfilling.
Full or abundant life doesn’t look like life without conflict or difficulties. It looks like a life that fills your heart. I’m so grateful to serve a God who doesn’t coddle me or shelter me from struggle – but rather invites me into suffering so that I may mature and gain wisdom. He then miraculous turns suffering into fullness and abundance, which in turn fills me with hope and joy.