Friday, June 15, 2018

More Than Survivors

Daily Gratitude Year 6- Day 166: Today, I am grateful we can be more than survivors. 

Remember thinking, "If I can just get through May, with all of it's commitments, celebrations and appointments." ? And, you did. We look at the calendar, the house, the "to-do" list and wonder how in the world we will get through all that needs to be done with a 24 hour day and a 40 hour or more work week. Not to mention the volunteer commitments that aren't just to church and community... but to God.  

There is good news today and Beth Moore says it well:

"You have a provider who wants you to be more than a survivor." -Beth Moore

Our God doesn't want us to just hang on by a thread, he wants us to thrive. It is so easy to accept and embrace being overwhelmed. We, instead, can pause, breathe and proceed with the knowledge that our plans are great, but his Spirit will guide us if we listen. We will choose better the way we spend our 24 hours each day.

 "...and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever." -Ephesians 3:19-21

How do we take on the overwhelming tasks of life? 
*With the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.
*FIlled with the fullness of God.
*With the knowledge He is able.
*With the arsenal of His abundance.
*Plugged in to His power.
*Basking in His glory.
*In the fellowship of His people.
*With the promise of forever.

This may wear our bodies out, but we are eternal souls. A very old Amy Grant song was "In A Little While". It was one of the soul songs of my youth. My favorite line was "We're just here to learn to love Him. We'll be home in just a little while." 

Whatever the day brings, look for the eternal purpose beyond the current chaos. Live as one who knows the victory belongs to those who know Him. We are overcomers... and that is so much more than simply being a survivor. Our provider's resources never run out. 

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33

You've got this. Go take on the day. 

Today, I am grateful we can be more than survivors. We can be overcomers.

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