Fully Alive

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It has been said that the glory of God is man fully alive, and I am inclined to agree. Show me a man or a woman who is squeezing the juice out of life, and I’ll show you someone exemplifying the character of our Creator.

Jesus packed more into 3 years then most of us do in a lifetime, more than most of us dare to dream about. But here’s the thing- we should. We should dare to dream of greater things. We have permission to dream with God, permission to believe for what is impossible with man but possible with the Almighty in us.

Therefore…Write the vision down and put it into action. Rally the troops and attack injustice with wisdom, love and the grace of God. Challenge the status quo, reject apathy and strive for excellence.

And then…We can feel the wind on our cheek and the sun on our backs, take a deep breath; make time to behold the masterpiece of God in His creation.

Apply for that job, move to that country. Give God an opportunity to direct a moving vessel, refuse to be stagnant. Shake off the religious chains, be unbound from the four walls of the ‘church’ building and get out among the people. Revel in the beauty of connection and the intricacies of relationship.

Thank Him for salvation, eternal life and unlimited hope.

Understand that there are more with us than with the enemy of our souls. Light overcomes darkness every time and He who is within us is greater than he who is in the world.

So… We can think of ourselves as pilgrims on the earth, destined for eternity and created with purpose. As long as we remain on this planet there is a deeper, more significant reason for our existence than we fully comprehend.

He knows the plans He has for us; the future is waiting in a place called hope.

Create with abandon, worship extravagantly, and ignore the doubters. Be at peace, victory is ours.

Join the joy revolution, the revolution of love. Be radically committed to following Jesus Christ, the anointed one who beckons us forward- the author and completer of our faith.

I heard this phrase recently, “Life is wasted on the living”, and it is sad but so frequently true. Life is happening every day, consistently, yet somehow we miss it as we’re busy planning other things.

Jesus was not joking when He said He came to give us life, and not just life, life to the full (John 10 v 10). I have a sneaky suspicion we need to seek Him on the meaning of fullness, for we shall never find it following the world’s directives.

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.”

– Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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