Get up and start morning routine. Breakfast. Then get kids ready. Start dinner in crock pot. Go to work. Come home. Time with hubby. Eat dinner. Check kids homework. Pick out school clothes. Get kids ready for bed. Pray. Read. Nightly routine. Then go to bed. Next morning…get up and start morning routine. Then get kids ready. Start dinner in crock pot. Go to work. Come home…Then hit the repeat button for the rest of the week. Does this sound like your week? Your life? The same routine over and over? Nothing new? Having a family and career is so rewarding. It brings fulfillment a sense of purpose and belonging. So much joy accompanies having those responsibilities. Yet at the same, being so engulfed in those responsibilities can hinder us from truly experiencing life and all there is to see and do.
Sometime ago, I decided to venture out and travel alone to visit my friend Chanelle for a day in TX. It was odd traveling without the kids and Brian (my husband). Yet, I knew I really needed to get away and get some “me” time. We went to eat and sat at a local park and watched kids play. We talked, laughed and I’m sure I shed a tear or two :o). Although, I enjoyed spending time with Chanelle, the most rewarding part of the trip was at the airport upon my return home. In the gate area, waiting to board the plane, a gentleman by the name of Ahmad sat next to me and started up a conversation. I love to hold conversations with people from different ethnic backgrounds, I find it so intriguing, Ahmad was of Indian descent. Ahmad was so open and began conversation with me like he knew me forever. He asked me thought provoking questions, such as If God could remove one thing from my past, what would I choose? If there were no limits on money, what would I really want to do? What’s on my bucket list? and so on. Ahmad had the questions coming and to be honest, I didn’t have an answer for most of them. The type of person I am, I am normally the listener. Not to often am I the one who questions get poured out to. I’m the one who listens and then starts asking questions. So Ahmad caught me off guard. However, I wrote down the questions I didn’t have an answer to and vowed to myself and Ahmad I would answer them.
Ahmad had such a zest for life. He was only a few years younger that I, yet he had a vibrancy and an excitement for life that I had never seen in anyone. Ahmad, showed me his bucket list on his phone. All things he wanted to accomplish and do in his life. He said that once he completes one, he checks it off and adds another. Some items on his bucket list was; Learn a Second Language Fluently, Speak in Rome, Gain Master Degree in Engineering, Save Someones Life, Write A Book and the list went on and on. Many of the items were checked off. He asked me could he see my bucket list, I said…”I don’t have one.” He encouraged me to create one and look at it daily. Ahmad and I both agreed that our meeting was a divine appointment and that the next time we meet we will share out lists together. We didn’t exchange numbers, emails or anything we just believed that our divine appointment will come again in the future. As we boarded the plane, we went in separate directions. Yet, as we took off, I stared into the clouds thinking about all Ahmad had to say. Ahmad stirred something up in my spirit. I thought of John 10:10.
” I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” John 10:10 AMP
Ladies After Wisdom, the definition of abundance is plentiful, over-sufficient, more than adequate, well supplied, abounding and full (and the list goes on). Jesus came so that we can have that life. A life of freedom and fullness. Are you living an abundant life? Are you like Ahmad? Excited about life? Seeking and grabbing a hold of opportunities, trying new things, new foods and new experiences? If not, let me encourage you to reward yourself with Life and all the opportunities that is in it. I believe the abundance that Jesus speaks of is abundance in all good things. Abundance in family, friends and experiences. Get out of your routine every so often and experience all that life has to offer. Try a new flavor of coffee, try a new route to work so you can see a different scenery. Visit a local park and let the trees inspire you. Learn a second language. Learn to read and write braille. Sign Language. There are so many things to do and see. And many are free. Outside of the four walls of your home and work is a life waiting to be lived. Go live it. I love you. All is well.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
Read: John 10:10
Affirmation: I will live a life that is full. A life that overflows with experience and risks.
Prayer to live an abundant life: Father, thank You for Your love, Your grace and mercy. Thank You for Your kindness. Father, I thank You for sending Your son Jesus to die on the cross. I thank you for the gifts that you continuously shower upon us; the moon, stars, air and there is just too many to name. Father I am aware that there is a large world out there that you created just to be our playground. To explore, experience and discover. Yet Father, having so many responsibilities and roles, I tend to forget and get stuck in my routine. Help me Father to get balanced and experience the abundance in all areas of my life that Jesus came to give me. I love You.
In Jesus Name, Amen