Meant To Thrive

Bad attitudes get us down. 

The chip on the shoulder works its way into the resentments that filter through our work, service, relationships and self-esteem.

God created us to walk upright, to thrive in life with Him. We sluggishly make our morning java instead of looking forward to the newness of each dawn’s breath.  Our temperaments reflect the world instead of His grace.

How can we change the direction of our sentiments? Can we have worldly attitudes about karma and those who have the most win all the while thriving in hope and joy? Is there a fine line, a grey area, or can these things blend?

God created us to take care of the world but when we fell into deceit, we became part of the world instead. Jesus called us back, gave us a rescue button, and now we can reflect Him in the world, while not having the world’s attitudes dictate our trajection. Our arrows can point to good.

John 17: 16-19 ESV

They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.  And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

As we move and shake things up with these infallible truths, people will scoff and separate themselves from us. In the meantime, we can see God working even as people don’t want to hear about the love that comes through a hard walk. Ease is central to most people’s way of life. God never promised an easy life, but He did promise care and love through His continued faithfulness. We can and will thrive in His way, The Way.

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John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Thoughts on faith often seem repetitious, but the story of the Bible is the history of the world that is active and yet complete. The cannon may be closed, but the Lord is not finished with His story. As we move looking forward to eternity, we want to do so fervently and with hope that we do well to disciple our loved ones and community in faith.

To thrive is to feel fullness. When we feel depleted, we blame our maker instead of the sin that’s truly on the forefront. Push past this and stand firm in the foundation that we have planted in the Lord. Don’t feel that Biblical thoughts are repetitive and dry. They are sound, and life-giving. Tuck these things in, and bank on them always. Never allow the worldly attitudes to dictate your future. God is already there, leading the way. Side on His faithfulness.

This post comes from the 20 Days of Devotionals series.

5 thoughts on “Meant To Thrive

  1. “Our arrows can point to good.” I want my arrow to point to good today! Thanks, Maryann.

  2. The word may seem dry and repetitive, but only if you are not Christian. I go to the scriptures for comfort and renewing my faith and love for the Lord. God bless you and your writing.

  3. The word abide, always comes back to me when I think about how to get through another day, another week, another month. Abiding in Christ, His word and by His spirit we don’t have to buy into the things that the world offers to get through life. Every morning as I get out of bed, I try to say, Thank you, Lord that I can still get out of bed, that I can still go to work, do my laundry and love my family. Thanks for those timely scriptures. They are pertinent reminders of whose we are and who is with us on this journey called life. – Amy

  4. I felt the fullness of the Lord in my prayer time today! It was lovely!

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