John 10:10-The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.-ESV
In the above verse, Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees after He healed a man born blind.
Well, I did NOT expect to post so late. LIFE has been happening. How fitting it is this month’s topic.
As with a good, solid house, it has a strong foundation. Since ‘life’ is the of topic of this month, I hope to continue to build on this solid foundation, so to speak.
Who does NOT want a more abundant life? This topic has been on my mind lately and has been a recurring theme in my daily life.
My boyfriend and I recently had a discussion and he asked me straight up, “Barbara, what is it that you want?” The question threw me for a loop. I asked myself, “Well, what is it that you REALLY want?” It’ll be easy for me to reply that I want an abundant life. However, the tough part comes when I have to explain to him…or to anyone for that matter…what is abundant life?
To me, abundant life is excelling in all aspects in my life. In one of my earlier post, I wrote on how my pastor brought up four areas to excel in: relationships, financial, spiritual, and physical.
For this post, the first aspect I would like to discuss is relationship. For me personally, my relationship with my boyfriend has a particular foundation in order to thrive. Even before we officially took our relationship public, there were multiple discussions on the expectations for ourselves and the ultimate goal of our relationship. Since our ultimate goal is marriage, we had to have discussions on what steps to take towards walking down the aisle and what expectations we have for each other as being wife/husband worthy. With the discussions we’ve had the expectations laid out, we can work towards having an abundant life together.
The beauty of this is that it can work in other non-romantic relationships as well. At the beginning of my shift, I introduce myself to my patients and do a mini assessment there. I ask if they are having any pain. By me asking these questions, it guides me in formulating a plan for the shift. If my patients tell me yes, then it is going to be part of my job as their nurse to bring their pain under control so they can ultimately go home and enjoy their life being in the least amount of pain possible. For my patient in the moment, the difference between them enjoying their abundant life and controlling their pain is me. If I make it a priority to control their pain, I can aid in the restoration process of the cruxes of their life.
So, in order to have a more abundant life in the relationship area of your life, you first have to ask yourself what is it that you want to get out of the relationship. After you have figured that out, you need to establish with that person what the expectations and goals are for that relationship. I understand that this may be difficult (especially with a difficult patient, potential spouse, etc.). However, with a little patience, grit, and the fact that you are coming to agreement with someone, you can achieve your ultimate goal.
I would love to hear from you all in blog land about this topic. What steps do you think you could take to have abundant life in your relationships? What does abundant life mean to you?
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- I got to attend church today. It is easier for me to attend on Wednesdays than Sundays.
- I got to go to one of my favorite restaurants for lunch.
- I got my wonderful boyfriend cooking me dinner…yes! I’m spoiled.