English: Waterfall near Lepena, Slovenia Slovenščina: Slap, Lepena, Slovenija (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s Friday—traditionally the most popular day of the week for many people. It’s the end of the workweek, the day of release from the “have-to,” when people lean in and embrace the “want-to.” It’s a day of anticipation, of excitement stirring, of looking forward with happiness.
Friday is the launching pad into the weekend, when parties and trips and rest happen.
What adventures will the weekend hold?
You know, the Bible talks about this—about the kind of life in which people experience, not just rest, but a sense of adventure. Where people can live with purpose and excitement, eager to see what the new day might bring. It’s a new kind of life: “life in the Spirit,” it’s called; or a life filled with a “spring of living water.”
God’s kind of life is a life that is abundant, one that overflows the bounds we tend to put on life.
How do we find this kind of life? Paradoxically enough, we gain by giving.
We give our lives in submission to Christ.
We give our time in helping others, whether in words or in silence, in actions or in rest.
We give our talents in use for the Kingdom.
We give our words to encourage, to comfort, to heal.
We give our possessions or money for causes that are just.
Whether you’re working for the cause of justice for the oppressed, trying to help get clean water to those who need it, or simply giving the next person in line behind you at the store a bottle of soda and an encouraging word, when you’re living in God’s Kingdom, life has its adventures.
Want to be a Friday person all the time? Look for the adventures God has for you.
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water [from the well] will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
–John 4:13-14, The Message