Life is the prompt word for #FiveMinuteFriday. I’m a little late with mine, though I started it on Friday and had to put it aside. And I’m sure it took more than five minutes. But here it is. What first came to mind were the words of Jesus telling us that He came so that we could live life more abundantly.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Life Can Be Hard
So many things would try to steal our joy, to make our lives miserable. Loss of job, injuries, loss of loved ones, a scary diagnosis – these are just a few of the ways life can change unexpectedly.
Facing them alone would seem almost impossible. The enemy would like nothing better than for us to turn away from God and give up in despair. He wants to make our lives miserable. But the enemy does not have the last word.
Jesus Cares About My Life
I am so thankful that Jesus came, not as a thief, but as a Savior. With Him it is possible to live life with joy in abundance. I don’t mean keeping a smile on my face pretending everything is okay when it isn’t. What I do mean is that He is with me through whatever hardship comes my way. He brings comfort.
Deep down I can have joy, knowing that God understands my hurt and sorrow.
The sorrow doesn’t just magically go away, but I can face it with His strength and help. And not just face it but walk through it, knowing God is with me. One recent example is the death of my son. There is no way I could have peace and joy in my grief, if I did not know Jesus, my Lord and Savior.
We are instructed not to worry but to take everything to God who will give us His peace which is beyond our understanding. And then we are told to keep our minds on things that are good and right and worthy of praise. When I do this I am able to have a heart of gratitude.
And so even when things get hard, my life can still be lived with joy and peace in Christ.
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things.
What about you? How do you cope when life seems anything but abundant?
I pray that you will find peace and joy in the Lord Jesus Christ, the only One who can fill our deepest needs.