The Backwards Life: Jesus won't be asking to see any "bucket lists."
Ann Voskamp, in her book The Broken Way, dares readers to consider that life should be lived backwards if we want true abundance Jesus talks about believers experiencing.
"When you are filled to the brim with the enoughness of Christ, the only way you can possibly have more is to pour yourself out. The only way to more life is by pouring out more of yourself."
Feel something missing in life? Why not consider giving and serving instead of another temporal trip or purchase?
Voskamp adds, "What if living the abundant life isn't about having better stories to share but about living a story that lets others live better?”
Consider eternity, she says, and live backwards from there.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
“He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’
Matthew 25: 34-36, 45 MSG
So, getting involved in loving and serving a child in foster care may in the long run be more fulfilling than another great car, boat, or travel adventure. Please consider taking a first step with us towards giving the thirsty a drink, giving the homeless a room, clothing a foster child in your community, or coming to spend time with a child who is in a season of crisis and chaos. Check out all the ways you can share your life at www.fosteringfaithfully.org. Voskamp notes, "When you help others, it's your life that gets better."