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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. — John 10:10

Reflection

Ah, comfort. Who doesn't want to live a comfortable life? We yearn for moments when we can wrap ourselves in a soft comforter, grasp a mug of hot tea in our hands, listen to the crackling of a fire in the fireplace. Or maybe your picture of comfort has to do with exotic climes and a hammock stretched between tall palm trees.

When God provides such times of comfort, we can thank him for that gift. But when days come that are far from comfortable, we can then take comfort in the fact that God is teaching us to live well, to live fully. He has more for us in life than just to live comfortably. He may call us to take uncomfortable risks, or forego some of what is good in order to have what is best. Above all, it means having Jesus, who came to give us life to the fullest. Luci Swindoll tells us, "Each person has a spiritual obligation before God to learn how to live well, to live fully, as opposed to knowing only how to live comfortably.

Pray

Show me Your definition of life "to the full." Lord, help me live Your way. Amen.