Life in fullness

The Word

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. (Colossians 3:16)

Thought

Psychiatrists tell us feelings of emptiness are associated with depression and might possibly indicate symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. “Individuals who match this personality disorder type have an extremely fragile self-concept that is easily disrupted and fragmented under stress and results in the experience of a lack of identity or chronic feelings of emptiness.”[1]

Might we conclude if a person or thing is designed for a particular use or function, incorrect use of that design will eventually result in less than the optimal intent? I believe any reasonable mind would agree. I am not talking about genuine biological chemical imbalances resulting in behavioral disorders, but rather continued attempts to apply our lives to things which we were never designed by God to pursue.

God has created us in his image, and our design is to discover our true identity in loving and living for him. Pursuits rooted in self-seeking, self-gratification, self-exaltation, and self-survival will eventually lead away from the genuine life experience God intended for us. Only the redemptive work of Christ makes it possible to live the fullness of life.

Prayer

Lord, thank you that my identity and purpose is not dependent upon who I am and what I can do, but instead is founded upon who you are in me and what you do through me. I am encouraged knowing you have placed within me hope and a future for your good pleasure. Amen.

[1] http://bpdfamily.com/bpdresources/nk_a102.htm