Christmastime is usually when we hear these verses, but lately they have been a couple of my faves.
I have no fullness apart from Him.
Awhile back I went to counseling. And one of the pieces of advice the counselor gave me was, "fake it till you make it." I hated that advice. I still do. I stopped going to that counselor even though she graduated from my alma mater.
I can't fake it till I make it. When I pretend that everything is okay, inside I still feel miserable. I cannot fake a life of joy or hope or thanks or any of it. Not for long anyway.
So what is the alternative? Resort to my natural pessimistic tendencies? I guess I could, but that doesn't make my life much fuller either.
I have to make the choice to be authentic but still optimistic. I have to choose to have the perspective of saying in the same breath, "Such and such sucks, but it could be worse. I have been given the gift of ______. " I have to choose to ask for the grace to continue pursuing the full, abundant life even when I'd rather pull the covers over my head. I have to choose to pursue the Giver of the Full Life.
(author's note: I realize this post may have seemed like I am having a difficult time right now - I am not. But I have at other points in my life, and I probably will again. No worries - life isn't perfect, but it IS pretty full right now.)