Some may mistakenly believe that it is about wealth or prosperity. Others may believe it involves health and well being. However, the abundant life is not about wealth, health, or prosperity. It is not about bliss or freedom from suffering. It is not even about life beyond death. Nor can we measure it by the quality, quantity, or length of a life. The abundant life is not a measure of life at all, but a way of living. It is not about having, but about giving.
The abundant life is about abundant love and abundant giving; it involves trust, courage, and sacrifice. It shows in our willingness to give of ourselves freely and fully to others without expectations or qualifications, letting our lives and our love overflow to fill the voids and wants of a broken and hurting world. The abundant life reflects God's gifts of love and life, as they become fully present in our lives. Resting upon the hope and promises that in spite of death and suffering, life will prevail; that in spite of hatred and violence, love and peace will triumph, we live in the face of death and we love in spite of hatred. Living in the faith and assurance that God, who is the very source of our life and being, loves us, we are made free to live for others and to love others. The abundant life is the reflection of the abundance of God's love on earth, manifested in and through our lives.
Luis G. Pedraja