The thief cometh not but to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
I’m lying in bed one night having this Scripture roll around in my mind. It came to me earlier in the week and I was fascinated by what I was thinking about. Obviously Jesus is not talking about things and wealth in life. I was realizing it meant to live life fully embracing abundantly how he (Jesus) embraced life. I, however, knew I was not embracing life fully
I have been on a quest for about eight months now to learn how to experience life fully by embracing the emotions I was given as a human. In my humanity I’ve been recognizing that feeling all of the emotions that are available to me in any given moment bring a joy and contentment that is absolutely astounding.
This newfound joy in recognizing how I feel in the moment and to be able to express all of my emotions such as fear, hurt, anger and sadness brings this joy that I’ve never truly experienced before. These wonderful emotions that we were given in our creation I believe allows us to experience life as Jesus is talking about here, abundantly.
There are really only two types of emotions, those that are pleasant and those that are unpleasant. In my early years in life the transition from childhood to adulthood led me to believe that unpleasant emotions were not good and pleasant emotions were good. I believe this ideology, this deep thinking about unpleasant emotions and avoiding them, infiltrates many of us in our lives. Who doesn’t want to avoid unpleasant emotions. They are just very difficult to experience because they’re painful and remind us of times gone by.
I’m wondering how Jesus experienced life abundantly. Didn’t he say that he had no place to lay his head. He became frustrated with the disciples. Was his life filled with sorrow and pain? Didn’t we see Him enjoying a wedding. Did we see him spending time with little children?
I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly. To me this means abundantly enjoying the good and the bad and embracing both of them fully and completely. I learned in the past few months that embracing both those unpleasant and pleasant emotions abundantly brings you joy again that cannot be expressed. It might be a bit difficult to understand the depth of what I really mean here because none of us want to experience those unpleasant emotions. The truth is they are very real. And denying that the emotions are real does not allow me to connect with who I am in the moment.
This is what this class about transformed life is about. It is about learning how to embrace fully who we are in our humanity. I am beginning to enjoy life including the sadness, the pain, the hurt ,the sorrow, the fear and anger all wrapped up into this wonderful life I’ve been given.
I’m reminded of the Scripture that says,” joy comes in the morning”. That reminds me of what I have been experiencing, which leads me to believe that after I have sorrow or fear or sadness or hurt or anger and I allow it to flow into my life and through me there’s this joy that comes in the morning.
I found that embracing the emotions in the moment allows me to embrace my need for a Savior.