What does it mean to live life to the fullest?
Here are two passages from the Bible which speak to this topic:
In John 10:10, Jesus Christ said,
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.
Greatness, in the Bible, does not always mean power, prestige, or wealth. (For more on this topic, you will enjoy Bill Hybel’s book, Descending Into Greatness).
But if you prepare for greatness as spelled out by God in Scripture, you will live life to the fullest, and you will live with no regrets!
I have been reading, praying, and reflecting on this subject lately. Then I came across another great post by Bridget Haymond (Bridget Haymond, Truth For Life Coaching. Identifying and igniting your gifts and strengths for a life of passion and purpose www.TruthForLifeCoaching.com)
She has given me permission to share her article on this very subject.
Self Development: Preparing For Greatness In Your Life
The idea of great things begins with being open to increase in your life. It isn’t about fame and fortune, although some of that might be involved.
True greatness is about a life that is well lived. It’s about being faithful in the small things so that more and greater things can be entrusted to you. Greatness is for ordinary people who are willing to become extraordinary.
As you awaken your expectations to something greater for your life remember to be open and alert to the following:
Self Development Result: Greater Purpose
This can happen when God given inspiration enlarges your vision and heart for the greater things of His purpose to be accomplished in and through you. I had an idea the other day and as I thought more about it I began to wonder if I could actually do what I was thinking about. It challenged me and then I realized greater purpose does that to you. In order to do great things you have to be willing to grow and be made uncomfortable.
Self Development Result: Greater Potential
Your potential can be greatly maximized as you avail yourself to the new and often unexpected doors that open to you by way of divine encounters. This requires your willingness to move in a new direction and a greater awareness to those situations as they appear. While they may look very different from what you had anticipated, it is often those unexpected opportunities that can be the launching point for great development of your full potential.
Self Development Result: Greater Possibilities
You have the assurance that God is working on your behalf to broaden the scope and impact of your life and influence. Sometimes fear of failure or even fear of success can hinder us from seeing greater possibilities. However, when your success comes from God it will be stable, peaceful and purposeful. He will not give you more than what you can handle, and as you are mindful that He is the one who establishes greatness within you, there is nothing to fear. Be bold and embrace the big ideas God has put in your heart. If He brings it to you, He’ll accomplish it through you.
The Message Bible* says it like this in Psalm 37:34
“Wait passionately for God, don’t leave the path. He’ll give you your place in the sun while you watch the wicked lose it.”
Time and again the Bible makes it clear that God is the one who orchestrates the outworking of the gifts and callings of His people. Our role is to keep focused on Him and be actively anticipating, preparing and expecting something of His greater purpose and potential to be accomplished in and through us
Are you available, like Mary was, for something of God’s greater purpose to be manifested through your life? Have you said yes to greater purpose, potential and possibilities for your life? Do you actively anticipate, prepare and expect something more to be accomplished in and through you?
photo credit: Eustaquio Santimano on Flickr
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