The theme of abundance continues to circle around to me. I love it when that happens, and often it shines the light on something I need and want to work on. It’s like God is shining that heavenly flashlight and tapping on His teacher’s desk ever so gently, to get my attention. I love how he brings things at just the right time when we’re ready and willing to listen. And, sometimes He’s graceful enough to bring us back again when we’re ready for the next, deeper level of that lesson or we don’t get it the first time.
It’s this Abundance thing. When you look up the definition you also get the word ‘abound’, and if you take off the pre-fix of ‘a’ then you have the word ‘bound’. To be bound is to limit. I do not want to live my live bound by fear or scarcity. But the truth is that I live much of my life bound. Ouch. Yes, it’s true. I live bound by fear of what others think. Bound by waiting for permission. Bound by my own choices, which I can change. Bound by wanting to please everyone and make them ‘o.k.’, which is not my job. Bound by the lies and stories I tell myself. Bound up by the thought of “it’s not the right time.” Bound by the tape that says “what I have to say doesn’t matter”, that I “don’t or can’t speak up or be heard”. That’s crap. Am I going to bind myself up with these things? I do not want to live bound!
When you and the prefix ‘a’, it means without or not. So in my understanding when you add the ‘a’ to are without binding. Abound is without binding or without limits. The definition in Webster’s looks like this :: To have or possess in great quantity; to be copiously supplied; followed by with or in; as to abound with provisions; to abound in good things. So, we are without limits when we abound! Do you abound in Jesus?
When you are ‘bound by secrecy’, there are limits as to what you can or can not say. When ‘communication abounds’, then there is freedom and connection. We can be open to all the copious amounts of connection.
When we abound in Christ, we are un-bound in Him. He’s already paid the price. Then why do we live in scarcity or things that bind us up?
It’s different for each one of us. I want to challenge myself, and you, to live life unbound.
Abundance. We think of the definition something like this :: a large amount of something; an abundant amount of something. We think of abundance as this overflowing source of a particular thing.
Don’t get me wrong, l love abundance. But perhaps the definition I’ve been accepting as truth isn’t’ quite 100% accurate. Perhaps it leads me to a thinking of scarcity, in a subconscious way. If I do not have an abundance of money, than I must have a limited amount of money. Oh, dear. I’ve just bound myself, and mostly in my thinking. This doesn’t mean that I’m going to start living in such a way that is irresponsible. But it starts a thought base from scarcity.
I was recently told about, and then read, a line from Brené Brown’s book Rising Strong. She says, “The opposite of scarcity is not abundance; the opposite of scarcity is simply enough.” I love this! Because each and every day, I have simply enough. In fact, I have more than enough! And, I serve a God that is so generous and loving. He wants the best for his children. Why would He withhold something good for us, just to withhold it? He gives generously! He gives us our daily bread, that is simply enough for today, and He gives ever so faithfully.
Abundance. Something else about this word I see, it’s a bit of a stretch. But it’s the word dance. I love to dance. It’s fun! That saying about “singing my song”, like living your purpose. I like to sing, but not the best singer. But dancing, that’s something I can get down with. We’ll, my word picture is that I want to dance my dance. I want to hear that music and live it.
Abundance. Un-bound and dancing. That’s how I want to live. Lord, give me the strength to keep digging and learning, and live it out. It won’t be perfect. But I hear the music! There will be mis-steps and I’ll trip and probably do some silly moves, but I want to move. Not stand on the sides of the dance floor like a wall-flower. Without limits, moving freely and unhindered, un-bound. My Heavenly Father has so much to provide. It’s not always wrapped up in a pretty package the way we think it should be, but it’s glorious abundance if we are willing to accept it and walk in it. Or, Dance!
“Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures.” James 1:17-18
Oh, firstfruits. Yes! But that’s another post. For now, I want to dance in Jesus’ simply enoughness.