Many times we’re just surviving. We’re just getting by. It’s a week to week, day to day battle. Is there enough money in the checkbook to pay bills and get groceries at the same time? Am I able to get up in the morning and go to the same job each day, day in and day out? How can I get everything done that needs to be done in the amount of time that I have? And we just survive.
We do the same thing spiritually. We just survive. We just survive going through things day in and day out. We only have enough spiritual energy to make it to Sunday to be replenished enough to make it through the rest of the week. If that. Many times we don’t even do that, can’t even do that. And we’re tired. We’re exhausted. And we don’t know why. But we don’t have the energy to even try to understand why. Why? Because we’re just trying to survive. We’re just trying to make it by. Day in, day out. Week to week.
In just trying to survive spiritually, physically, and emotionally, we just want to collapse in a heap trying to find our happy place. And we’re just surviving. But we weren’t made to just survive. We were made to thrive.
When we just try to survive, we become weary. When we just try to get by, it burns us out.
Jesus tells us
“Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” Matthew 11:28-30
There is something about thriving in Jesus. Where are you weary? Come to Jesus and find rest. Where are you just surviving? Come to Jesus to thrive. The thing about coming to Jesus is that you come as you are, as you were, as he wants you to be (and yes, I’m quoting a Nirvana song here…bear with me). You come as you are, and you leave forever changed. He doesn’t keep you where you are at. He helps you thrive. He helps you rise above just surviving to thriving.
The apostle Paul writes to those in the church of Ephesus
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses all knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
What a prayer! What a desire for us from God! That in not just surviving, but thriving, we are able to grasp the amazing awesomeness that is God’s love for us through Jesus. And in doing so, be filled with the fullness of God.
We were made to thrive. We were made for something greater than all of this around us. We are more than our check book balance. We are more than our day to day job. We are more than our past mistakes. We are more than the things we’ve messed up on. We are more than just people who survive day to day. We are made to thrive, and to thrive in the fullness and glory and awesomeness that is God through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.
So how can you not just survive but thrive? How can you live each day thriving and not just getting by? Leave margin. Leave margin for God to work in your life. Leave margin for God to be active. Leave margin for God to move in your life. Ask God to be active in your life and then look for him to be active, provide him space and time to be active. And he will. And he will help you not just survive bu thrive.
Honestly, this is a state of mind that we get set into. We get ourselves into survivor mode–we just want to get by. We just want to get to the next pay check. We just want to get to the next weekend to catch a break. And our mindset turns us into just survivors.
Change your perspective. Shift from being a survivor to being a thriver. Shift your perspective from just looking at the next thing to get done, and look at the bigger picture. Look at how God is at work. Give him space and time to work, and you will begin to not just survive, but to thrive. Give it a shot, and see what happens.
How can you not just survive but thrive?