As the day is passing – it’s not been what I would call “bad” it’s just one of those days which has been full of demands which for me is draining.   On these kinds of days I remember the better way and how important this thought is for me to affirm. (The better way – which includes turning off the TV but not tuning out the hurting.) The litany of issues is long. Both bothersome and tiring. But I hold onto the reality of the better way.  Jesus says, “I came that they  (meaning me and you – us) may have life and have it abundantly.” The word “abundant” in the Greek is περισσός – perisson, meaning “exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, a quantity so much as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate.” Jesus promises a life far better than one could ever imagine.   No matter how it is portrayed or how many best sellers are being published, I know abundant life does not consist of an abundance of material possessions. Christ tells me wealth, prestige, position, and power in this world are not God’s priorities for me. Abundant life is more about life in its fullness with joy and strength for mind, body, and soul. Abundant living is not simply persisting but thriving. It is not simply existing but flourishing. Abundant life is to have a sense of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment – to know and be known, to accept and be accepted, to love and to be loved. Abundant life is not something to earn or achieve, buy or barter, rather it is what God desires. So if you’re having a “day” let me remind you of the better way and invite you to put your feet back of higher ground.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:20
“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine”

Reflection Questions:
What kind of day are you having?
How do you define the better way?
How is God at work in you?

Prayer: Holy God, open me to visions I have never known, accomplish in me things I can only image and remind me always of your desire for me to live the better way. Amen.