Existing to be alive
Abundant means plentiful, abounding with, rich, and full supply . . . that sounds like a lot more than just existing! Existing is almost like being a non-living thing. It's comical that Gavin's class is studying living and non-living things and how a living thing starts from a seed that dies and then is able to grow given the right environment. . . .this Red Ginger torch flower is alive . . . and yes, the seed had to die to be able to grow. But now it is alive and living abundantly, basking in the sunlight, having soaked up the rain and nutrients from the soil and plenty of fresh clean air.
A few weeks ago, we talked about chiastic structure in bible study and were supposed to come up with one of our own . . . don't worry - it's just a fancy name for reversal of destiny or fortune. For example, there is the phrase "Don't live to eat. Eat to live." So the one I came up with, not just to write down, but because it had become real to me is: "Don't be alive just to exist; exist so that you may be alive."
But why do I live so not alive?
There's one option - I've become too comfortable. As Song of Songs 5 talks of going out in search of your beloved in the middle of the night; are you willing to go out in search of your beloved when you just got comfortable? OUCH! And then there is my focus: sometimes my eyes become too focused on my circumstances or just the daily grind . . . I had lost sight of my first love . . . that puppy dog love. I still remember the day in Sam's Club last year when I saw Sleeping Beauty on the shelf and the Holy Spirit quicken me with "My people are asleep . . . only true love's kiss will wake them!" Zechariah 4:1 says "the angel who talked with me returned and wakened me, as a man who is wakened from his sleep." A kiss is defined as a slight touch or contact . . . The spirit (wind) blows lightly and takes you by surprise . . . If you seek me with your whole heart, you'll find me. When my eyes are focused down here on circumstances or stuff or feelings, I am not seeking Him with my whole heart.
Be blessed with living life energized with wonder - every moment an opportunity to find Him; His truth, His presence.
"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him." John Piper