(Taken from Chapter 6 of Deeper More Meaningful Life)
Jesus spoke of this incredible blueprint for truly living in John 10:10 “…I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” Amplified
The common idea of a blueprint speaks of all the forethought that goes into building a building or a home. Somebody meticulously went over important details and then made those details clear so that which is being built is well constructed. The Bible is that blueprint for our lives and God has given eternal forethought into constructing our purposeful and fulfilling existence. When the created ignores The Creator ignorance and deficiency abound. Biblically impoverished people live poorly constructed lives.
In 1989 a terrible earthquake rocked the San Fancisco Bay Area on October 17 at 5:04 pm local time. The quake measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale and tragically killed 63 people. In 2010 a terrible earthquake hit Haiti on January 12 at 4:53 pm local time. The quake also measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale but in this instance 63 people weren’t killed. Horribly more than 230,000 people were killed.
How can the same magnitude of an earthquake in two heavily populated locations have completely different fatality conclusions? One very obvious reason is the impoverished people of Haiti live and work in poorly constructed structures compared to the engineered structures in San Francisco. The level of suffering and agony was exponentially multiplied because of the poor construction.
The level of construction clearly influences the level of suffering and loss in catastrophic times. God has given forethought to constructing our lives beyond our wildest imagination. The level of construction depends upon our willingness to cooperate with the Biblical blueprint He’s made readily available. Biblically impoverished people live poorly constructed lives.
In reverse Biblically inspired people live better-constructed lives. A Biblical blueprint reveals the ministry center to be the home for the Jews. It’s unfortunate that we have allowed the ministry center for Christians to primarily be the church. This is a clear discrepancy from the blueprint God has provided. The church is a very important part of our faith but should be an extension of our primary ministry from our homes. Bringing the life of Scripture into every day living fosters an amazingly healthy atmosphere of loving, serving and giving hearts and attitudes for any household.
My daughters, ages eleven and twelve, were unimpressed with my morning antics on this particular morning. I had been up awake for a while and had broken through the personal morning barrier we all experience. My girls, however, had only just started to see the barrier ahead of them. Their slow and sluggish movement was met with my energized attitude.
My oldest daughter, Faith, looked at me and said, “Dad! Please! The Bible says do not provoke your children!” Realizing I’d come very near violating this Biblical caution in Scripture of which Faith was keenly aware I was extra cooperative. With sincere apology I expressed, “I’m sorry girls I’ve also read where the Bible says not to greet people with a loud voice in the morning.” To which my younger daughter, Lexi, replied, “Read it again dad. Read it again.”
A journal entry about purposing flourishing lives from Christ written 10/27/08:
I just turned 42! Life is so much fun and I’m loving spending time with you girls. This is an email I just sent to our entire family and wanted to journal it. Love you much!
I took the girls for a sunset walk last week. Standing on this hill the sun was setting behind them so I grabbed my phone to take the pic.
Life is wonderful when we make the time to appreciate valuable moments? Life is painful when we miss them. Bless you all! Have a super fantastic day! Take the time to eat a sucker, run up a hill and spread your arms out wide today!!!
When we all took off running down the hill Faith took a tumble and landed flat. I couldn’t help but laugh and it disarmed her concern immediately so she got up laughing, then Lexi started laughing. We laughed all the way home! Life is wonderful!