Some things we want more of – some we don’t. Seems like everyone wants more money, more of what someone else has, more time. No one wants more heartache, more pain, or more wrinkles.
And yet more money is never enough. More of those we envy leaves us empty. And more time is out of our control. But much as we shy away from heartache, believe me I’m there with you, it is in this I call on God most. Pain gets our attention, often dropping us to our knees and seeking Him. Now the wrinkles – they show life was lived: smiles so many times the lines are permanent, love so deep the furrows of seeking another’s best are etched, and skin that’s no longer twenty-something is skin that a grandchild trusts.
“I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” (John 10:10 HCSB)
Abundance of vacation time, bank accounts overflowing? No, “an abundance of whatever you need in order to live the life of purpose God has for you.” (Stormie Omartian) Everyone wants to know their life has purpose – how empty we come up when we decide the purpose. How sweet when we surrender to His leading.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)
What if we ask for more of His heart for the lost, more of His eyes to see the lonely, more of His Spirit to show us the way? Can the change of more of Him living through us effect eternity? Ours and others? These are the questions I want to ponder more. These are the longings He wants to give us an abundance of.
Funny how He works things: the more we get to know God, the more peace. The more we live life for God, the more freedom. The more we praise Him, the more He transforms us. You and me – we look different when more of Him is what others see.
“But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise You more and more.” (Psalm 71:14 NIV)
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