"It's time for us to more than just survive,
We were made to thrive."
~Casting Crowns "Thrive"
Some days it feels like all we can do is survive through this day. Perhaps it's the mounds of laundry piling up or the bank accounts and taxes due soon. Perhaps it's finding the strength to take your daughter to another chemo treatment and help her be brave, or perhaps it's fighting through the pain and frustration of a body that no longer works the way it used to. No matter our situation, I think we've all felt those times when we've reached the end of our ropes and all we can do it tie a knot and hang on.
But all of this has caused me to think about how much better would it be if instead we could "thrive"? To me thriving implies more than surviving- more joy, more purpose, more contribution, more living. I think we've all seen people who have found that special gift to thrive in the middle of the most arduous surroundings. They teach us to savor every bite of delicious carnival food for it might be the last time they get to eat it, or they demonstrate their compassion and concern for us when they are battling the devastating effect of MS. Somehow they are those that comfort us and make us laugh when we should be the ones lifting them. They inspire us with their courage and their optimism even in the face of what we would think impossible.
I love the song "Thrive" and it's message that God did not put us on this earth merely to survive, but to thrive and reach out and help others. Listen to Mark Hall talk about the inspiration behind the song and see if you're not inspired to dig your roots just a little deeper and reach out to the world just a little more.
The source of strength for our roots is our Savior, Jesus Christ. Through His grace and love we are given strength beyond our own capacity as mortals. The scriptures are filled with examples that remind us to find strength in the Savior.
“The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation” (Ex. 15:2).
“God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect” (2 Sam. 22:33).
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isa. 41:10).
Today I am inspired to explore how to dig my roots a little deeper so I can tap into the nourishing power of Jesus Christ. Like this tree growing out of a wall of impenetrable hard rock and steep inclines, I'm determined not to let my circumstances or situations limit my ability to help others. I am resolved to find the source of living water and let it fill my soul and allow me to stand a little taller and reach out a little further.