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by Terry Rush
I think that the temptation is always steady to just make it through another day. That can be the tendency; but I wish to join you all in hitting the daily jackpot of finding the gold in each and every twenty-four hour segment. Let us find that we are bursting with life!
I know. I know that such a road is not always easy for it seems to be built with treacherous curves and, often, one might even find that a bridge is out. Yet, we do not flinch. We learn that a fine part of living is the power we possess to sufficiently negotiate the stress-filled paths.
Brian McLaren (The Great Spiritual Migration) points us forward and upward. “Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge.” “Be ready to learn throughout your entire life.” A reason that I find this to be such an important direction is that too often I want to make today follow yesterday’s pathways so that I don’t have to concentrate.
My wishful path of ease, however, leads more into the zones of thoughtless wandering with little productivity. The “bursting with life” thread is anything but routine. It is both anticipationatorial and participationalistic! Ever heard of “living on the edge of our seats”? The idea is to be pumped with excitement as to what may happen soon…and very soon.
This concept is what I find in living in the church! It isn’t row-time at show-time. It is activation with anticipation as to what we might encounter that would be so impossible to tackle unless…unless God would participate with us…as the Leader of the seemingly impossible venture!
Bursting with Life isn’t just for the other person who seems to have a knack of making life click. It is, rather, for every individual who will dare to break the mold of routine and courageously venture out upon the very waters where so many tend to sink in fear.
Arise! Walk! And watch the treasured unfolding of yourself actually BURSTING WITH LIFE!!