I originally wrote this for Living Better 50 Magazine
A green thumb I have not. I have found that I can keep a cactus alive and with a streak of luck I have kept an African violet alive for just over a year. I keep it by my kitchen sink in hopes that I’ll remember to water it now and then. Apparently without water the poor thing can’t thrive.
The word thrive means:
(Of a child, animal, or plant) It means to grow or develop well or vigorously. It also means to prosper and flourish.
Just like my African violet needs to flourish and thrive so do we. There is a condition called failure to thrive. Failure to thrive refers to children who have a weight gain that is lower than the weight of other children their same age. It can be caused by environmental factors and health of the child. According to A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia a Loss of emotional bond between parent and child can lead to “failure to thrive”. No matter how old we get we are still children of God and without a strong emotional bond with our Heavenly Father how can really expect to thrive?
My violet sets by my kitchen sink and many days it is left thirsty for a drink of water that will bring it life. Without water it will surely wither and die. We need to be watered if we want to live life abundantly and if we want to flourish and thrive. Jesus is the way to a life that thrives. He is the living water poured out on us by our heavenly father.
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:37-38. NIV
It is Jesus who gives us life and it is through Jesus that we can grow in a very deep emotional connection with our heavenly father.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7 NIV
Are you thriving or are you struggling to survive like my violet? If you find yourself in a state of “failure to thrive” cry out to Jesus. Tell him you are thirsty and that you need to know His father. No matter how old you are you are still a child of the one true God and you need to have a strong connection with him.
The Casting Crowns have a song called “Thrive” and the words of the song say this:
So living water flowing through
God we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls
With one desire
Just to know You and
To make You known
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun make darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive
Much to my surprise when I googled the words of the song I found that the Casting Crowns was having a THRIVE CHALLENGE and it is lines up perfectly with what was heavy on my heart. If you are just trying to survive I hope you check out this link https://www.castingcrowns.com/news/thrive-challenge-3156
Stop trying to make it day-by-day. Stop thinking that you are not worthy of much more. Christ came to give you life and he wanted you to have life abundantly. He came to give you hope because without hope in Him you can only hope to survive. You were made to thrive, stop trying to just survive.