Is This All There Is by Jennifer Waddle

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Is This All There Is
Series: I Just Can’t Win
Jennifer Waddle
John 10:11-16

I’m ashamed by some of the ungrateful thoughts I’ve had. I’ve been really ungrateful at times.

But as I take a look around, right now as I type this, I see my cold glass of iced tea, my Bible,and an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains right outside my window. I am blessed.

So why do I feel such a heavy cloud of dissatisfaction at times? A dissatisfaction that whispers, ‘‘Is this all there is?’’

Can anyone relate?

In this Bible Study Series, ‘‘I Just Can’t Win,’’ I am determined to tackle the things that have us feeling so defeated in life. I fully believe that we were not created to live in defeat. In fact, the Bible speaks of an abundant life found in Jesus Christ. My head knows it. My heart longs for it. But I can’t always find it.

What about you?

How are you feeling about your life right now? Are you in a peaceful season? (Yay!)

Or, are you in a place where you are so down-and-out you wonder if this is all there is?

Let me start with a challenge. A challenge for you and for me.

What if this is all there is? What if our current circumstances remain the same and do not change? How can we possibly live victoriously right where we are?

I recently found some answers for us in the book of John. These answers have been there all along, but the Holy Spirit was gracious enough to open my eyes for this particular issue. Take a look.

‘‘Then Jesus said to them again,’’Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.’’ (John 10:7-10 NKJV)

Sisters, as I read this familiar passage, something leaps out at me like never before! It’s the part that says, ‘‘...he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.’’

Could it be, that we have entered the gate through salvation in Jesus Christ, but we have not gone out to the lush, green pasture? Let me share a little word-picture to explain.

Down the road from us, there is a darling preschool made of brick that looks like a fairytale castle. I imagine, inside the building, there are elaborate play-stations for the kids to explore. Finger painting, puppets, building blocks, and a modern outdoor playground probably make that preschool a very popular place for energetic toddlers.

But what would happen if a child was ushered inside the building onl ...

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