The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control -Galatians 5:22-23
Today is a rainy day! But I am so happy about this. Because the rain is cooling down the air and release all our suffering without a working air conditioner in the heat! Yesterday my husband and I went to Philly and helped our daughter moving to a new apartment for a new summer school. When we got home in the heat over 90 degrees, we entered the house and felt hotter than being outside. The air conditioner was running but the room temperature was about 88 degrees then we realized something wrong with the air conditioner. My husband immediately took care of this and found out the problems but we have to wait until Monday to have someone come and fix it. I am very grateful as I do not need to handle this life’s glitches and the weather started cooling down since evening and the weekends is going to cool down more so we do not need the air conditioner.
In life, we constantly face unexpected challenges but how we response the unexpected challenges reveals our inner state. So how does a fullest life respond in the dynamics of life, unexpected storms?
In the last post, we discussed what is a fullest life? We talked three qualities that a fullest life owns
1) A fullest life is to live out its purpose in the full extent designed by God
2) A fullest life is not limited by time and space and it multiplies and lasts forever
3) A fullest life is to live in the full harmony of truth, kindness and beauty
Jesus is the truth; kindness is to love people in full. “God is love” (John 4:8); beauty is to live in the full harmony among relationships. When we live in our fullest, we are living in the freedom of God’s righteousness, holiness, and love; we are not bundled by sin. We have no fear, no matter what storms throw at us. In life’s fullest, we do not walk in the darkness; instead, we walk in the light of God’s presence.
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What does a fullest life look like or how do you know if a person is living out their fullest?
When we pour beer into a cup, it spills out with bubbles when the cup is full. Similarly people who are living out their fullest, they have a flourishing soul and it’s contagious. Like the fragrance of a blooming flower, it spreads out spontaneously and it cannot be hidden. Fullness starts from inside then spreads outside.
People who are living a life of fullness shows four positive signs.
1. They have a pleasing character
It’s the fruit born of the Holy Spirit—that is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). These are the nine virtues of a transformed life with a flourishing soul. And these virtues form a great personality with full harmony of truth, kindness and beauty that anyone who wants to reach life’s fullness should own.
There was a gentle man in our previous church. Whenever we went to church, he was always the one standing outside of the door warmly greeting everyone before and after church service. If I saw one time, that’s not worthy to mention. However he did this so many years and known by almost everyone. I saw his flouring soul through his genius smiles on his face and his warm and joyful voices in his greetings.
2. They are passionate about living out each day with purpose, meaning and mission
They have the enthusiasm to live very moment in the best way possible. They are not victims of a bad environment or misfortune instead they impact others positively: lift up others, empower and energize others and add values to others.
About two years ago, one of our sisters in church diagnosed uterine cancer and it’s in later phrase. And the cancer spread out into her heart and lung even brain. The doctor said she could only live another six months. Facing the shocking news, we felt very miserable. Except for prayers, groups of people visited her while she was in the healing process. However, when people met her, they found she was in an abnormally high joyful spirit. Instead people comforted her, she comforted them. After one year, when she got better and showed up in our bible study small group. She witnessed how God strengthen her and gave her joy and peace. And she said, “After six months, when I went to hospital. The doctors who said I would die after six months asked me ‘Are you still alive?’” I answered, “Yes. God healed me to witness His power and love.”
I have never met Nick Vujicic, a gentleman with high degree of disability. I have watched so many of his videos and speeches. From each of them, I can see a joyful spirit flowing out of him. His speech is so powerful and contagious that it grabs my heart and I am totally moved.
3. They are attractive
Because they are bright and rich inside and they bring light to the world and enrich the world. The renowned personal development expert Jim Rohn once said, “If you want to have more, you have to become more. Success is not something you pursue. What you pursue will elude you; it can be like trying to chase butterflies. Success is something you attract by the person you become.”
Those people are natural leaders without a title. People are attracted by their virtues and trust them and willing to follow them and join them for great causes. Mother Teresa was such a person with tremendous power and prestige, yet she was very poor. Her life has impacted many countless people.
4. They multiply and bear fruits
They pass their wisdom and life lessons to others and help them reach to their full potential.
God’s words have a multiplying power. They allow those who take His words and put them into action to prosper. When people prosper as a result of God’s word, people reproduce His wisdom in their lives. People generate eternal values by influencing the people of their time and also impacting their offspring or those who come after them.
The Lord, Jesus is the best example. He taught 12 disciples and trained and coached them. After he left them, those disciples started to preach the kingdom of God. Now in the world, there are over two billions followers. The number keeps increasing as God promised that the decedents of Abraham are as many as sands on beach.
In our life, there are many such great leaders like pastor Gorge Muller and Billy Graham, leadership expertise, John Maxwell, basketball coach and player John Wooden, etc. The list can go on and on. One day, hope you can be in the list if you follow their steps. This is my mission to write and motivate you grow to your fullest.
In summary, people who live in their fullest life show four positive signs in their daily life
1) They have a pleasing character
2) They are passionate about living out each day with purpose, meaning and mission
3) They are attractive and they are bright and rich inside and they bring light to the world and enrich the world
4) They pass their wisdom and life lessons to others and help them reach to their fullest.
Next time, I will share with you why should you grow to your fullest?
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