I know exactly what will happen.
It’s Thanksgiving week, after all. The last-minute cleaning will consume me and then the family will begin arriving from afar and not long after that, the food preparations will begin. Actually, that part of it has already begun! And then we’ll eat and we’ll visit and we’ll shop and we’ll eat and visit plenty more. It will be a wild and wonderful week!
But I know myself all too well. I won’t make it back to my blog. That’s why I need to stop in this morning and leave a few lines behind.
I am rich, you see. Not in material things really, though I know there are millions across this world who would view my humble home as a palace and all our “stuff” as a treasure trove of lovely, unnecessary things. I’ve been given so much…so much that our little house can’t really contain it all.
I am rich in the love of family and friends. I have a husband who is my best friend and four amazing children who add such joy to my life. And though so many of them live far away, I have wonderful extended family and I am blessed beyond measure with friends who are brothers and sisters in Christ.
But you know what lies at the center of it all? Jesus so aptly described His greatest gift when he said this;
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”–John 10:10
Abundant life. In Christ we have eternal life, yes, but that’s not what He’s speaking of here. He’s talking about a better life–a life that’s rich and full and satisfying. It’s not “perfect life” or “easy life”, it’s abundant life; life in a realm far beyond what most will ever experience.
That’s where I want to live. Truly, that abundant life is what I’m most thankful for this Thanksgiving. Somehow it manages to make all the other blessings of life only more beautiful.
So I hope you all can enjoy Thanksgiving this year through the scope of abundant life. If not, it’s time you traded your life for the kind Christ Jesus offers.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!