Pastor’s Manna – Thrive
The original Middle English meaning of the word thrive was “to grow or increase”. Our modern-day understanding is “to flourish or prosper”.
Are you thriving? Not only in the sense of prospering, but are you …
Isn’t it hard to measure your life? How does one measure their level of growth when it comes to your own life? Life is more then any sort of quantifiable base. You cannot measure your satisfaction in life, nor can you measure relationships with people.
Psalm 92:12-13 tells us “The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.”
I think what the psalmist was talking about when they wrote about flourishing in the courts of our God has to do with our overall living. Not flourishing in terms of money, or possessions, but flourishing like a strong cedar tree. If you talk to a farmer, they will tell you that cedars are a problem because they grow so easily, and so fast they can overtake things quickly. We are called to be like cedars, growing so wildly that we can hardly keep up with things. Excitement abounding in our lives. Growing in our daily walk with Jesus Christ, and growing closer together as His creation.
Let’s do a life checkup. Do you feel like you are thriving in your life? If not, what would it look like if you were?
So… are you thriving?
Is your faith growing?
Is your satisfaction in life increasing?
Are your relationships with people flourishing?
If any of our answers are less then “absolutely and I love it!”, then there may be some work for us to do, surrounding faith and friendships. God desires for us to thrive, and if we are not, it is time to stop doing what was holding us back, and begin living our lives as people who are thriving in our life for God!