Thrive Not Just Survive

I like to tinker in the garage or work on my Jeepster (it’s an old car made by Jeep, mine in from 1969). I also like to get my hands dirty as I plant plants and tend the landscape around our house. Now, in all these ventures my goal is to tweak, fix, and do whatever it takes to make that appliance or plant or engine thrive.

Awhile back our refrigerator was making a crazy noise, like it was going to blow up or something. So we pulled it out and found the fan bearing was shot. Now I could have left it and endured the sound or wrap some duct tape around it (a guy’s fix for about everything) or tried to file down the fan so it would not make that awful sound, but that would be simply surviving. So I found the part on-line, changed it out, and the fridge has been thriving ever since. What a great feeling of satisfaction.

Now, not all my projects and tinkering’s turn out like the refrigerator, but I do gain great joy when plants, appliances, and cars thrive. I love to see them function to their designed ability, and I believe that is God’s desire for us. I believe God wants us to thrive!

Jeremiah 29:11 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.

Yes, God has thriving plans for us, but not so much like the success of the day, but more the living out our design. The design He had in mind when He created us (see Psalm 139). It’s the abundant life, Jesus said, He came to give us.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

This thriving is not just to survive life or living problem free, but regardless of the circumstances placing our trust and hope in God.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

It’s found by delving into the Bible, learning and living life God’s way…

Psalms 1:2-3 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Sure, we can debate and discuss that there are many ways to thrive, and it would be an interesting conversation, but my guess is it would end like what the wisest man that ever lived besides Jesus said, that it is ‘chasing after the wind.’ That wise man was Solomon and he wrote a book (Ecclesiastes) all about how to thrive in life. He listed all kinds of options and proceeded to say how each one was as waste of time except one thing:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.

Think on that for a while and press on, seeking to thrive as God intended.

Endeavoring to Thrive as God intended with you,


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