What do you think of when you hear the word “Abundance”?
I think of words like, overflowing and plenty, and I picture things like the Thanksgiving table loaded with more food then you know what to do with.
Initially, when we hear the phrase, “Living a life of abundance,” we might think of wealth. Although, physical wealth can and is certainly a part of living in abundance, there is so much more to it than that. Today, I want to focus on finding fulfillment in your life in order to experience abundance.
So, new question, what do you think of when you hear the word, “Fulfilled”?
I think of words like, contentment, peace and joy. I think of these words because when I think of being fulfilled, those are the emotions I associate with it. Doesn’t that sound great?
Living a fulfilling life says to me that I am living my life on purpose, doing what I was created to do and experiencing the joy that comes from this.
Now, before we get to carried away, dreaming of the idyllic life, I think we need to take a step back for a minute. Let’s take a closer look and see the fulfilled life a little bit more closely.
Living a fulfilled life does not mean that everything is perfect. It does not mean that you don’t face struggles or hardships or difficulties or stuff that just plain sucks. We live in a fallen world, there is no way around those things. As much as we might work toward having an idyllic life, this side of heaven, it’s not going to happen.
However, living a fulfilled life does make facing all of that tough stuff a little bit easier. How so? Well, let’s take a closer look at the word, “Filled.”
When something is filled, nothing more can fit in. When I’ve eaten my fill, I can’t take another bite.
But, what are we filling our life with? Are we filling it with stuff, distraction, anything so that we don’t have to experience feeling empty? Are we trying to achieve great things, build our resume, raise perfect children, have the latest stuff or look fabulous in order to feel full; in order to feel fulfilled?
John 10:10b says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (NIV)
I think that desire to feel full, to feel fulfilled, is a God-given desire. It is placed in us so that we will seek Him and find our fulfillment in Him. No matter what we try to fill it with and no matter how much we try to stuff ourselves and our lives, we will never feel full or fulfilled apart from God.
On the other hand, when we seek God, grow in our relationship with Him, allow him to fill our lives with Himself, and guide us to the path He has for us, we will find the contentment, peace and joy that we are looking for. It also means that when we face the tough stuff, He will guide us, support us, comfort us and give us what we need to get through it.
So, do you want to live a fulfilled life, one that is abundant?
I do too.
Let’s ask God to help us put the “stuff” in our lives aside, and allow Him to fill us!