The abundant life, part 4

April 10, 2011

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Steven Furtick (http://www.stevenfurtick.com/?s=boring+testimony) wants his kids to have a boring testimony.  I understand this very well.   Donald Miller wants us to be able to write our own story, not live in someone else’s. (http://donmilleris.com/2011/04/04/creating-a-personal-life-plan/)  Thank you Diane for these complementary ideas.  I have a boring testimony, but hopefully my story will be anything but.

I think the outgrowth of John 10:10 is  a good story, with or without a boring testimony.  I think the abundant life is one of which people want a piece; they want to be part of our story.  To shake hands with a star after the playoffs are cinched seems to be a big deal for a hockey fan, but wouldn’t it be better to shake hands with someone who is shaking your hand because they wanted to shake hands with a star?

OK, I am Tim Miller, not Ryan Miller, I know that.  But I have been called to do something more significant than stopping a six-ounce piece of rubber.  The abundant life is a significant life.  So Jesus inspired Donald Miller to encourage us to write our own story, and he wants us to write an interesting one; a good one.  And while our testimony, and those of our children may be boring, for lack of a dramatic conversion from the wayward lifestyle, they can still be compelling, inviting, and interesting.

Be significant.  Accept the abundance Jesus offers.  Introduce your children to the creator of abundance.

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