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What is Abundance?

The computer’s bright glare was mesmerizing, and I could notfor the life of me think of anything to write for this week’s article about life moreabundant.  So, I shut down mycomputer and began to pray to the source of all inspiration, God Almighty.  As I prayed, I fell asleep and began to dream.

In my dream, I had taken my family to an amusement park.  We were at the gate and marveling at all the shows and rides available.  I looked at my wife and said, “Look at how much there is to do here.  It’s amazing.”

Then an employee came up and said, “sir, if you’ll try that ride first, you’ll get a better view.” He pointed me to a ride that looked like a giant pirate ship sitting on a monorail.  As I was looking atthe ship, I tracked the rail that it rode on, and it lifted high above the trees at the entrance and deep into the park.

I thanked the employee, and I ushered my little family onto the ride.  The pirate ship took off, and soon we were zooming way over the trees.  The higher we got, the larger the park grew.  It went on for miles and miles.  There was so much adventure, fun, thrills, danger, food, and people that we could never hope to experience all of it, even if we spent our lifetime exploring the park.

Then God spoke in my dream.  He said, “”For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.  My abundance is beyond anything you could ask or imagine or even experience in a lifetime.”

I immediately woke up with those verses from Isaiah 55:8-9 swimming in my brain and rushed to my computer to write.

Heaven is God’s throne, and earth is His footstool (Matthew 5:34-35). His perspective is so much greater than ours that what we perceive as abundance in this life is only the tip of the iceberg of what God’s abundance truly is.

This is why we need eternal life to have an abundant life.  We can’t begin to know what life has to offer in the short time we live.  When Jesus says, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10), He is not only referring to the here and now, but to the ever-after.

“This is eternal life that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)

Do you know Him? Do you have eternal life? If not, today is your day.

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