Life is full. Full of to do’s. Full of love. Full of people. Full of moments. Full. Just plain full. Sometimes it can be hard to keep your head about you. Here’s the secret – keep your focus on things above. When we are looking above, we don’t notice the flood around us; we keep our head above water and get to take in the sky.
This year the Bible Study I attend (BSF – if you’re looking for something in dept I highly suggest it!) is studying the book of John. The message of John is so singular. Time and time again Jesus’ teachings and his actions boil down to this truth – keep your focus on God, or you’ll miss His better, bigger picture.
Will likes to quote Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Jesus is all of those things.
So often I go through my day focused on the flood. I am thinking about what to make for dinner, trying to remember to put the laundry in the dryer (that struggle is real – not as real as the struggle to fold it is), being mesmerized by Charlie’s smile, and wondering how Izzy Pup can possibly shed any more. I also work from home, so I juggle that in there as well.
Life is full.
But the message of the Gospel of John has challenged me. Jesus came so that we might have life more abundantly (John 10:10). More abundantly does not equal more full. It means truly satisfying and overflowing with joy. Jesus wants to take my full life and make it abundant. He wants to take my good life and make it great. He wants to be at the center, in relationship with me, helping me, and being glorified through my life. This happens by shifting my focus to things above.