Stop and Smell the Flowers
Often, we forget how it is to live a life of passion. We go through the motions of everyday life. Nothing special. Just run-of-the mill.
Mondays to Fridays, we go to school and work. If running late, we skip breakfast and get coffee along the way (or not.) We listen to directions from bosses and teachers, follow through with our tasks, engage in small talk with different people, go through traffic, get back home to eat, surf the internet a bit, text friends or a special someone, and fall asleep. Then we wake up the next day to go through the same routine.
Some people like routine, and there is nothing wrong with that. It gives a sense of comfort to many who don’t ask for much in life. However, God wishes for us to live in passion so that we may experience the abundant life.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-5
“In Him was life, and life was the light of men.” This only means that we were meant to live our lives with passion so that we may receive abundance. Light represents hope, direction and something to live for. In God was life and life’s purpose is achieved when we incorporate His presence into our lives and daily thoughts.
How do we do this?
Simple. The first step to living an abundant life is to acknowledge God’s presence in our life everyday, even in the mundane. When something wonderful happens, make it a practice to say thank you to God mentally. When something bad happens, make it a point you tell yourself to stay calm and trust in God.
Secondly, do good deeds. To live like a Christian is to be of service to others. Simple acts of kindness go a long way. Everyday, challenge yourself to do at least one good deed that you would not normally do. It may be to a family member, a friend or a complete stranger. Make them feel your presence. You will feel good in return because you may have possibly just made someone else look forward to living another day with your good heart.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12 :2