As the sun goes down over the Lincoln Memorial and the sky turns bright blue with the winds of spring time blowing in the summer humidity, there are many evenings where the reflecting pool outside the Washington Mall sits still and reminds me of the summer lakes I used to know growing up in the South.
On these still evenings, I’ll often take a long walk and sometimes just stop to reflect. I reflect on the business of a day, or the issues around the world, or sometimes just sit and wait for the Lord to speak.
I find this fast paced life, full of ego, laced with an attitude of performance packed with dreams of reaching a self described ambiguous goal of “I made it” sometimes bars us from the beauty we can soak in if we just take a second and drink it in. Like the life of Washington DC staff members; it’s constant. Never a time to breath. Just another meeting to schedule, a boss to impress, and a career to map out. Worry fills the lives of these folks so much, and creates an un-necessary turbulence of spirit. But I know, they’re not alone.
I had several conversations this week with staff members on the hill who vulnerably are asking, “Is this all there is?”
To which I feel great opportunity to share Jesus’ message, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
The idea that Jesus has come to give life more abundantly in a culture of ever crushing business is a hard pill to swallow. We find ourselves asking, Where is the abundance when the feeling of scarcity dominates the day? Where is the satisfaction when there’s always another hill to climb, another deal to be done, or another meeting to schedule?
To take a few minutes out of the day and pray together, to re-focus, and find a place of serenity in the fact Jesus is the answer for an abundant life is counter intuitive for our culture.
It’s Jesus who gives grace freely.
It’s Jesus who sacrifices for our inadequacy.
It’s Jesus who gives us a real picture of a real God who wants to have relationship with us.
The gospel is about Jesus, the person of Jesus.
Today, on the heels of a wonderful conversation with a Capitol Staff member, I just wanted to join the journey of finding the abundance of Jesus in daily life.
Thanks for your prayers.