Dreams of the Abundant Life

It’s 68 outside and so humid you can almost feel the rain that is expected. I live in a small community of seniors, and seeing people come and go from my window as I work indoors (with windows open), I think I’m the only one in shorts. It’s officially fall but I think I’m holding on to summer with all I’ve got.

Fall is beautiful, but it is the precursor to winter. The birds are leaving. The leaves are falling, and the days are not as bright. Sounds like life.

We will all come to the winter of our lives eventually. The little ones have grown and already have flown the coop. We look in the mirror, and sure enough, some things are falling. But that’s where I draw the line. I refuse to allow my days to be any less bright, any less exciting than any of the others.

Surely, there are some opportunities that have closed their doors to us. I don’t plan to run in any marathons any time soon, and I truly can’t hope for a tryout for the Olympic team, but I run a marathon of a different sort. I still have dreams. Dreams are the stuff that make life worth living. I hold no fulltime employment, but I fill my time with projects I had to put off when I was younger and had a never-ending, never-completed to do list. The list is still full, but there no longer is any pressure to get it all done.

Who can I call today? Who might need my help? Do I want to pick up where I left off with my current project? Or is something else beckoning me? What about that “new” book I bought at the thrift store? Some days are “dream” days. What would I do if I had all the time in the world? Why not get started on that?

Don’t live life as if the brightness of summer has faded to a dull gray. Love life and live it to its fullness as best you can. This is not a reach for the prosperous life but one where the LORD will say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Dream big!

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10: 10-11.

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