life to the full or a full life?

We get so busy trying to find the best way to manage our time and to accomplish our goals so we can have full lives. I know, I do it. I’ve chased it and I’ve got the Pinterest boards to show for my search. But what if, God’s desire for us isn’t full lives … what if we took seriously Jesus’ words in John 10:10, “I’ve come that they {YOU!!} may have life to the full.”

But what does that mean? What does life to the full look like?

we can strive for a full life but only God can give us life to the full.

Here’s what I’m thinking … what the Lord is speaking into me right now.

Life to the full isn’t the same as a full life. We can add tasks and obligations and activities to create a full life.  But only God can give us life to the full.

I’m still fleshing out what this looks like on our family calendar and how it plays out in my daily to do list. But I know this, life to the full doesn’t happen by accident. I have to be intentional, purposeful.

I’m slowly evaluating everything … everything! Because some of the stuff will have to go. I know that.  But can I say how much I hate this process? Because I do. I want to do it all. And I can’t. And it stinks.

Maybe you need to do some evaluation of your own. Perhaps it’s time for you to give up chasing a full live and step into the grace of life to the full. We can be brave and go for it together!


How do you pursue life to the full?

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  1. What a great thought! I can see it’s going to take a little time to get a better grasp on it, and on my calendar, but I like the potential differences I see in focusing on a life to the full rather than a full life. Thanks for sharing!

  2. As we’re facing a new school year with new activities and a crazy dance schedule to maneuver, I’m glad I have some help coming my way in Lysa TerKeurst’s new book “The Best Yes.” So many great things to do , especially for God, but not all of them are mine. I am like you, I don’t enjoy the process at all…..but it is necessary. And it is good.

  3. Count me as part of your club — I want it all too! If one project is good, aren’t 10? If one hobby is good, aren’t five? I add on more and more and more… until I’m drowning. I’ve been working on stillness, reflection, rest this summer. And, what a challenge and a blessing both that has been. xxoo


  1. […] Prepare for a little conviction and all that because it is so. so. true. In this crazy Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook world where we feel the need to document everything we are doing, it’s easy to get so caught up in the doing and miss the joy of simply being. {I wrote on something similar here.} […]

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