Experiencing an Abundant Life
Born to Christian parents, I was taught about God from a very young age. Going to church was an expectation yet in my teens, I began to feel that God desired more but did not fully understand what that meant. In my late teens I also began to feel a lack of control over my life. I realized my decisions and behaviors up to that point had been based on what my family demanded and expected of me. I yearned to be in control.
On entering college, I moved away from home and suddenly, I could decide whether or not to continue living according to my family’s expectations. I decided to take a different route and for the first time in my life I felt that I was in control and not my family. For me this meant living my life independent of God. Feeling in control felt very empowering.
Emptiness followed as I soon discovered that no goals no matter how high, relationships, nor living a disciplined life could fill the void that only God could fill. I found the answer to all I had been searching for in John 10:10b where Jesus says, ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ I was given assurance that God’s desire for me is to have a satisfying life. I realized that God gave his Son for this reason and that living in fellowship with Jesus Christ gives me access to such a life. I then decided for myself to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior.
I know God wants me to succeed in life yet He desires more that I rely on Him as He is the source of everything that I will ever need. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, ‘Trust in LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’ I now see the beauty of trusting in Him to supply my every need. Having the Holy Spirit to guide and counsel as I seek to follow His plan for my life, gives me peace.