Everyone longs for a happy, fulfilling life.
It makes no difference if they live on the African Savana, or in a high-rise condo. Everyone in their own way longed for an abundant, flourishing life. It is our deepest desire.
And the good news is that the soul’s persistent dream of a happy, fulfilling life really is possible…for everyone.
God has a lot to say about a life which flourishes. Consider the inspiring word picture painted by the psalmist over 3,000 years ago.
“But their life is like a tree planted by streams of living water which yields its fruit
in season. And whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he or she does prospers.” (Psalm 1:3)
This vision of an abundant life resonates deep in our souls.
Who wouldn’t want to drink each day from beautiful “streams of living water” that gave us hope and meaning and joy in abundance?
Who wouldn’t want a life where our “leaf does not wither,” where dreams do not die, identities are not crushed, fears don’t win and disappointments never write the last chapter?
Who would not want a life where “whatever you do prospers,” where you consistently overcome failures, live above regrets, and always move forward on the journey of a God-pleasing life?
This is the good and beautiful life. This is a happy, abundant life. This can be our life.
In fact, Christ’s highest longing for us is that we will experience just such a life!
“I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
And He pointed the way to that good and beautiful life when He stood up on the last and greatest day of the Jewish Feast of Passover and said in a loud voice so no one would miss it,
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit…” (John 7:37-38)
That phrase “from within Him” points to the secret of a flourishing life.
It is not about wealth, about possessions, about consumption. It is not about the absence of poverty or freedom from discomfort. It is not about winning the lottery, climbing the ladder, managing our image, or euphoric pleasures.
In fact, Jesus said that if we didn’t watch out in our search for the abundant life, we could actually lose our souls.
“What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world, but lose his soul?” (Mark 8:36)
Jesus made it clear the secret to a flourishing life lies within. It’s all about our interior life, the life of our heart, our soul, and our spirit being nourished by a vital relationship with Him through his indwelling Spirit. He was pretty emphatic about this.
And King Solomon, underscored the importance of the interior life when He cautioned us to,
“Above all else, guard your heart; it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
The good and beautiful life flow from a God-energized interior life. And if we think that we can skip the interior life on the way to realizing our dream for a happy, fulfilling life, then we are sadly misguided and have lost our way.
What if Jesus were to do an audit of our interior life. What would He conclude?
If we could open the doors to our interior lives, what would we find there?
Would we find a healthy, restful soul, bursting with faith, hope, and love?
Would we find a life-giving spirit filled with energy to give, to serve, to forgive?
Would we find a singing heart overflowing with joy and peace?
If we could walk through the interior garden of your soul, what kind of soil would we find?
Would it be hard and angry, producing habits of bitterness, resentment, even hate?
Would it be afraid, and cynical, leading to habits of withdrawal, or fear?
At Corpath we are committed to pursuing a life of excellence in business, in life and in spirit.
The harvest of a life of excellence in God’s eyes is a truly flourishing life. And Jesus says such a life is first and foremost always dependent upon the quality of our interior life…our heart, our soul, our spirit and their connection to Him.
We know God cares more about our interior life than anything else, because didn’t He say,
“Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
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