Life to the Full

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV).

Like most people, I want to live life to the full
I once believed I could find it with jewels and clothes
A JD degree and professional excellence
A big house and fancy new car
All that money could buy

Some people believe they can find fullness of life
In fame, notoriety, and accomplishments
Awards and accolades galore they adore
Physical fitness and sports prowess
Being a step above the rest

Then there are those who give up
the fight for a full life
Drown their need and deep desire in alcohol
In drugs, gambling, or sexual exploits
Seeking pleasures of the flesh

There are many ways humans seek the full life
But none satisfies as we spiral out of control

To find true fullness of life we must turn
Our thinking must be turned upside down
From what the world offers in abundance

True fullness of life, true abundance
Is found in the heart and the soul
In serving others, loving our neighbor
Giving up our last crumb of excess
To help another in greater need

The thief promises earthly riches
but robs us of peace and grace
The thief promises earthly fame
but robs us of contentment and fulfillment
The thief promises earthly happiness
but robs us of joy and leaves only numbness

But the Lord offers abundant peace and grace
Perfect contentment and joy
He offers life to the full
A heart full of love
A soul filled to the brim with grace

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


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