I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance. John 10:10
Life. Pulsating, throbbing, vibrant life. Jesus declared that was his whole reason for his visit to Earth – to give us life in abundance.
He didn’t mean life would be easy, or even that it would be pleasant. Only that it would be full – full of Him, full of grace, full of peace, full of purpose and mission.
Some of the hardest experiences in my life have been the ones that have given it the most meaning. I had to climb mountains that left my legs aching only to spend hours at the top under the African sun weeding rice. I had to give birth to my first baby in a hospital where I didn’t speak the language of the doctors and nurses. I had to flee a country I loved because of civil war, leaving behind my dearest friends and the work I had poured myself into. None of those things were fun. On the scale of difficulty, they ranged from annoying, to frightening, to absolute heart break. But I wouldn’t trade any of them. They are part of the fabric of my abundant life. God gave me those challenges because he’d also given me a mission – to spread his message across Africa. I was living a life of meaning, as well as one of sweat and frustration.
I’ve endured conflict and hurt at the hands of others. I’ve had failed friendships just like you. And, I’ve found forgiveness and healing and restoration, because the God of grace has breathed his life over my hurts.
I’ve also had adventure and variety. I’ve laughed so hard my sides ache. I’ve tasted Asian and African and South American cultures. I’m married to a man who shares my passion for the missions and ministry. We have two incredible kids. All these things are blessings from the abundant-life giver Himself.
Abundant life doesn’t mean abundant money. It doesn’t mean abundant easy circumstances. It means that through life’s storms, we have purpose. We have passion. And we have peace, only a faith-step away, if we will reach out and take it.
Jesus came to give us life, and to give it abundantly.