Change often happens without notice. The process is so gradual that by the time you realize changes have taken place, it appears too far remove should you want to get back to where you were before the changes.
Some changes are good. For example – when bad habits are replaced with good habits. This, by the way, is a good way to stop bad habits. Replace them with good habits.
Some changes are not so good. for example – when the focus on your spouse is replaced by other distractions. A remedy for this is to keep the courtship alive. Most couples put their best effort into pleasing the other especially if there is a mutual interest. They dress well, keep themselves presentable, avoid distasteful actions and so on. Once the courtship is replaced with a marriage license, the efforts to please the other seems diminished. Keeping the courtship alive prolongs a pleasant experience.
We are meant to ‘live’ life. You can look around you and see where people appear to be ‘existing’ in life. The facets of life dictate to them. Life controls them. It is very easy to get into this life-track. I dare say all of us have at some point.
I find it revealing that Jesus tells us He ‘came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’ John 10:10
Abundant life come with Focus.
- Focus on Life of Christ.
- Focus on Lifestyle of Christians.
- Focus on Love of Christ.
Study the context from which the previous verse comes from.
John 10:7 So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.8 “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.9 “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.12 “He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.13 “He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.14 “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.16 “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.17 “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.
18 “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”