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There is mystical power in these words from Jesus: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV)
Abundant life is more than “religious” terminology. Jesus came to give us life beyond limits, overflowing, intense, incredible, and filled with one challenge after another. Life to the full means, life filled with successes and failures, good times and bad times, joy and sadness, mountaintops and valleys. It is the experience of intensity with a WOW attached. And, it requires a mobile faith. It’s always on the move. Nothing stops. You ready for that?
I watched Castaway again the other night. Remember, it’s the Tom Hanks movie about Chuck Noland, a manic Fed Ex guy who after a plane crash finds himself stuck alone on a desolate island stripped of all the expectations of everyday life. Chuck feels the hopelessness around him, attempts suicide—fails (humorously), and makes a conscious decision to keep breathing…to live every day.
After four years as a castaway, the tide changes and brings him a sail…a way off the island.
Chuck fights his way back to the world he left, but that world had disappeared. Nothing is the same. His words near the end of the movie give us a glimpse of a lesson learned, “I know what I have to do now. I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring.”
Don’t settle for same old day.
It was December 9, 2007, the day that an angry 24-year old, Matthew Murray stormed into the children’s area of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs with an assault rifle and 2 hand guns and began a shooting rampage.
In the initial spray of bullets Stephanie and Rachel Works were killed. While he was still in the hallway, Jeanne Assam, serving that morning as a security guard, stepped into Matthew’s path, prayed for protection and fired. She succeeded in cutting short his killing spree.
That church endured the shock and media frenzy for weeks. Brady Boyd, their Senior Pastor was constantly asked if this event didn’t rattle his faith. “No,” he replied, “this tragedy has strengthened it.”
But it drained him.
In January 2008 Pastor Boyd took a few days away to be unavailable to the press and more available to God. During those few days God spoke and convinced him of the next step.
On the day Boyd returned he called the parents of the shooter and asked if they would like to visit the campus. Matthew’s father, Ron Murray, thankfully responded that they would like that very much.
Pastor Boyd met the Murray’s at the door and took them to the place where it all happened; then he surrounded the Murray’s with prayer and hugs. After tearful moments in the hallway, Boyd led Mr. and Mrs. Murray up the stairs to his office. Inside he introduced the Murray’s to the Works’, parents of the slain girls and then to Jeanne Assam who had fired the gun that stopped their son.
Oh, and God was in that office too.
The Works’ and the Murray’s hugged each other and exchanged sorrow and tears. Then Jeanne hugged the Murray’s and expressed her sorrow. Ron Murray looked her in the eyes and said, “You did the right thing.”
Healing and hope and the fingerprints of God filled that room. And the story has only just begun. Faith is on the move, abundant life is found in the depths.
Are you prepared for the unknown, the unexpected, and the challenges just around the corner? Do you hear God’s comfort, or is it overpowered by your concerns? Miracles are still happening. I takes a shortage to discover abundance.
Take the challenge: Take out your business card, burn it.
Tomorrow go to Kinko’s and have new cards printed with the following:
CEO “Larger than life” Enterprises
Collector of God’s Fingerprints
Faith—Tested by crisis and touched by God
YOUR phone number
“Save this card for emergencies. Call the number above when the crisis hits.”
Hand these cards out to neighbors, servers, drivers, people who know you and people who have never seen you before. Do this and you will find stories of power and wonder. You will experience first hand the abundant life to the full.