You survived. Another 365 days of living are now under your belt. Whew! Something tells me there were a few days when you wondered if the day would ever end. Days when the test results lingered, or you sat by the telephone waiting to hear about that new job.

There were the days you hoped would never end. If only vacation days had 36 hours instead of the usual 24. The longer I live, the more I realize it isn’t about the number of breaths you take, but the number of breathtaking moments you experience.

Jesus said He came that we might have abundant life. Does that mean He hands us a blank check, or that sickness and disease will slip past us like butter on a Teflon frying pan? I don’t think so.

I think Jesus wants us live life to the maximum, to make every second of every day count. Nothing wasted. He wants us to make the most of every opportunity that comes our way. He wants us to be all we can from this very moment and throughout all eternity.

The abundant life comes as we experience Him amidst life’s circumstances, including the good, the bad and the ugly. Life throws us plenty of curves. Knowing He has been down the road before brings great comfort. As our personal Savior, He has promised to never leave nor forsake us. He is with us all the way. To the bitter end and to the new beginning, He is there.

Another year is in front of us. We have another 365 days to encounter breathtaking experiences with the Lord. He’s excited to be going along with us for the ride. Don’t forget He’s there with you through every valley, on every mountain top and all the dirt roads in between. Hang on tight, the great adventure we call life is about to take us on another ride with the King! I’ll race you to His house. See you there or in the air! Yippee!