LIVE more abundantly
I have a million jobs. I’m a firefighter, student, Starbucks barista, writer, self-published author and owner of a small publishing company - and these are just the jobs that sometimes pay me.
I never planned on all these jobs, except the firefighting. That led me to the writing, then to the book, and now I have this story that I’ve dedicated my life to telling.
Last year when the books were new, I got very frustrated. I woke up every day feeling like I’d failed. I make coffee for a living, how did that happen? When’s Oprah going to have me on her show already? I had my whole life planned out, then one big decision later I found myself back in my hometown, living with mom and dad, trying to get people to read my story.
I was furious with God. I’d listened to Him. I felt led to move home to publish the book. “So,” I said daily. “Now what? I’m working my butt off to tell a story no one apparently wants to hear.” I only looked at what was not happening in my life.
Then I started thinking: What does it mean to live happily, to feel complete and fulfilled? To live abundantly? Do we wait for one “successful” event to take place to feel like we’re finally walking with God?
God and I are still having this conversation. But this morning I woke up feeling content. It was quietly raining. I could smell coffee from the kitchen. I was warm and safe . . . and abundantly happy.
Ali Warren, June 2012
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