“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”John 10:10
I haven’t always considered myself blessed. There were many dark years where I struggled in so many areas that I couldn’t understand the point of anything. My relationships struggled and I was a financial disappointment. I felt like I failed my kids because no matter how hard I worked, I couldn’t give them what other kids had. I was living in places that were decent enough but didn’t make my heart smile. Plainly put; I was miserable with almost everything. I can’t say that I have ever hit rock bottom as God has always kept me above my safety net. As you recall from prior posts, I remember my faith in God beginning at a young age so I knew there was more to life than what I was experiencing. I knew the feelings of despair, uncertainty and being overlooked was something that I could overcome. To this day, I am still a firm believer that when God lets you feel low or hit rock bottom, he does this so we have nowhere to look except for up.
Today, I can easily say I am blessed. I have a great husband, five beautiful and healthy children, a house that has become a home, a little bit of land where we can play, plant and create family memories and so much more. Everyday I look around and my heart swells with happiness and gratitude. Some days, I am in complete awe of how much I have been blessed. Especially since I know I am a sinner deserving of nothing but made worthy only through Jesus. Ahh, that is the key isn’t it. I know that what I have is simply a gift of love from God. Gifts given in recognition for the love, belief and continued effort to obey the Son he sent for my redemption.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find it; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent. If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:7-11
Every once in a while, someone will come to me with a story of heartache, pain, shame, guilt or just plain unhappiness with their life. They painstakingly tell me a story that I wish I could re-write the ending to and show them how things can so easily be turned around. I generally share my own testimony with these folks in hopes they find another way to put the hard knock life behind. I let them know of my struggles and how things turned around when I gave it all to Jesus. I did not say, ‘things turned around when I started going to church.’ Again I say, my life turned around or became ‘more abundant’ when I strived to follow Jesus.
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” – Proverbs 16:3
I went to church for a few years and life never changed for me. I went faithfully every Sunday and the occasional Wednesday evening and listened to the sermons, the lessons and testimonies. Once I left the church, life went on as it usually did. Back to my life of filthy language, drinking with friends, being quick to judge, and other disgustingly sinful behaviors I now fight against. Then one day, something clicked. I heard a sermon that challenged me. I can’t remember what the passage was or even what the theme may have been. What I do remember is that we were challenged to live what we hear in those sermons and what we read in those scriptures. We were simply asked to give an honest shot at living according to God’s word. No excuses. It was time to make changes. So I did.
Jesus came so we could have life and have life abundantly (John 10:10). Through Jesus, we become blessed. Through him all blessings flow, so I did my best to change the life I was living. I did my best to make God a priority and I was floored when I started recognizing the changes. My relationships improved, financial concerns started to drift away and I was becoming more and more content with what I had instead of wishing for the life of others. I know it sounds corny but it really is true. If you want a better life, follow Jesus. Trust him. Serve him. Obey him. When I changed my behaviors and started doing what I could to serve, things honestly just got better. There is no easier way to say it. Now sure, we all have days were satan rears his ugly head, but I can proudly say, “I’m not who I was.”
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