“The glory of God is man fully alive.” St Irenaeus
And that begins now! Why not? Can you surrender yourself to the mystery?
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.” Luke 18:29-30, emphasis added
“Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8
“Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” Romans 6:4 (NLT, emphasis added)
Is there anyone in your life who genuinely encouraged you? Name him or her, hopefully them, in your journal. What was it that made you want to keep doing or saying whatever that was? Relive the moments. Even if you don’t believe it’s true, write about what it was that gave you the desire to go on.
If you can’t seem to come up with any encouragement, bring up a positive moment. When have you last experienced peace at heart? Was it something you did, or someone else did for you? What spoke to your soul? Name one experience that gave you gratitude for being alive.
“You have made known to me the path of life.” Psalm 16:11
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23
“In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.” John 1:4
“Come to Me to have life.” John 5:40
“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
What Scripture verses encourage you? It’s worth your time to memorize them.
Keep your affirmations in a place where you can refer to them whenever you need. Decorate them. Make them treasured artifacts. Keep them in a special box. My family has a large cookie tin decorated with colorful buttons and sparkly faux jewels to hold the priceless blessings that people have written us over the years.
If your encourager is still alive, send a thank-you. If your encourager is gone, can you do something in his honor? 2 Samuel 9 recalls David’s kindness on behalf of his friend Jonathan.
Do it now: for them and for you. In this way, you’re moving from thought to positive action. This is how blessings happen.
“Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:38