Thriving not Surviving
A year ago my father died. This last year has been a hard one and I have been on a journey of stopping, grieving, pausing, hurting, pondering, healing and recalibrating. In the midst of this last year I have really known that there is beauty everywhere, if we choose to see it.
When change comes into our lives we need to take time to reassess, to connect with how we feel, with where we are. I have done a lot of that this last year. I have known the truth of the words “there is beauty in our tears.” Hard things happen in life, fact. Its how we deal with them that makes or breaks us. During the journey of the last year I have got things right and I have got things wrong, but what I have come out of this year knowing is that I want to live thriving and not surviving.
So what does thriving look like? To me it starts with my roots being firmly placed in my creator. No matter what happens in life, when my roots are firmly in God then I know that life always has a constant –
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” – Hebrews 13:8
Because God is constant I can thrive even when life changes around me.
Thriving comes from knowing who I am in God. It comes from the knowledge that my identity is built on who I am in the Father and not on what I do.
“Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir” – Galatians 4:6-7
Thriving comes from seeing beauty in the dark as well as in the light. With God there is beauty in everything and nothing is wasted
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Thriving is knowing that God has a plan for my life –
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” – Jeremiah 29:11
Thriving is living in obedience to God and trusting him with my life –
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
Thriving comes from learning to work from rest and not rest from work. We live in a culture that glorifies busy and seemingly doesn’t thrive. Jesus lived a different way. He had a rhythm of connecting with the Father, abiding, then working from that place –
“Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” – John 5:19
Thriving means living gratefully, noticing the small things and celebrating life.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” – James 1:17
In reality thriving has nothing to do with circumstances but with a way of life and I choose to thrive.