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Drinking From the Fountain

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

“For with you is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light.” (Psalm 36:9)

Looking at my life I realize somewhere along the way the pace went from a leisurely 25-miles-per-hour to 75. I guess it could be the job, family or a myriad of other priorities that start to demand our time and attention. I can’t pinpoint when the pace of life accelerated so quickly, but it surely has. In the midst of this fast pace, I have tried to assess where my life is going and what I am living for. And yet still I feel pulled by desires for a fulfilling career and to enjoy life. But what does God desire for the life He has given me?

How often I have been distracted by pursuing what I think will fulfill me … going on this vacation or buying that car, having a different job or adding another baby to our family. So many things in this world seem appealing and look like they will be the next experience to make us happy. In reality, as the verse from the Psalm states, God is the fountain of life, and only He can quench our inner thirst.

Jesus tells us in John 10:10 that He came that we may have life and that we may have it more abundantly. This is a challenge to me as it is to us all. Are we living the abundant life that God has for us or do we continue to search after our own ideas of what will fulfill us? Do we forfeit God’s best for us because we chase what appears good? Put the brakes on this week, slow down the pace of life by saying no to some things, and see what you are looking at to fulfill you. What fountains are you drinking from? Imagine how life would be different if we drank from the fountain of life!

Lord Jesus, fountain of life,

You desire to guide us to life more abundant.

Help us to slow down and to listen for Your soft, still voice

that we may know Your will

and find our fulfillment in the things of You.

Through Christ, the truth and the life and the way.

Dan Norfolk, RN, BSN
Clinical Research Coordinator, Avera Cancer Institute

JEREMIAH 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 • PSALM 36:6-7AB, 8-9, 10-11 •MATTHEW 13:10-17

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