Go..... Fully alive??!
"So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent." (Mark 6:12)
What do you get excited about -- either planning for, doing or remembering? A family outing? A long awaited trip? Achieving the goal we talked about last week? I got super excited, this week, twice - when I was able to get exactly what I was seeing, thinking, dreaming of for two quilts I'm working on. One I have no idea who will get but the other one is a prayer quilt for a special friend.
The Scripture readings, today, are about goals reached but moving forward, and sharing the excitement. We see, in 2 Samuel, that David is now the King. And, moving forward, becomes the King of all Israel. Then the Gospel reading..... these Disciples have now been with Jesus for a while. They have seen what Jesus does, how he teaches and are excited about it. Jesus is telling them, and us, to go. Go share how, where, when and what God is doing. Go share the excitement. Casting Crowns has a praise song I love all about being filled and sharing God's love. The title is "Thrive." The last part of the chorus is "we know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives. It's time to more than just survive..... we were made to thrive! (emphasis mine)
Another resource is a fun book to read, or a DVD to watch, or a Bible study to do. Ken Davis has a book, study, DVD, called "Fully Alive." It is a fun read/study mixed with Ken's wonderful humor. It also gives some excellent suggestions for how to "thrive" and live "Fully Alive."
As Caregivers we can get into "survive" mode - especially when it is very busy. We need to remember Emmanuel -- God IS with us. We CAN "Thrive" and live "Fully Alive." Something to think about.....
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