Don't Just Survive... Beelieve You Can THRIVE! BEE Thankful
Posted Apr 21 2009 11:36pm
Key Focus of Study: Abundant living is how we react to the life or challenges that are given to us right now. (See 1 Peter 4:12-13 ). No matter the circumstance, we can live rich, radiant, full, joyful, abundant lives. We must be willing to leave the old way of life/thinking behind and go to the source – Jesus Christ and begin to THRIVE!
Three options in living our lives:
1) We can give up and wait to die. 2) We can do whatever it takes to just exist or survive in this life. 3) We can choose to live life abundantly – THRIVE!
Survive: to remain alive or in existence, to continue to function.
Thrive: to grow vigorously, flourish.
To view previous lessons please click here. ************************************************ Today, we will focus on how being Thankful can help us live abundantly… THRIVE!
The Word of God says: “No matter what happens; always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT)
Thankful – Definition: conscious of benefit received; well pleased: glad
When we are just “survivors”, we are usually inward focused; we can only see ourselves and our own suffering which makes it difficult to be thankful. When we choose to THRIVE – live life abundantly, we start becoming outward focused, looking toward others and their needs, and in so doing we become thankful. I cannot count how many times I would complain about my life. I would become bitter and resentful because I could or could not do the things I wanted to do. Then I would hear about someone else’s troubles and I would think, “oh my, I don’t have it that bad, Thank you Lord that I am still able to ….” My 86 year old mother says, “I’m all right when I hear about other people’s problems.” Unfortunately my mother is correct; there is always someone who is worse off than we are at the present time. Now I am not advocating being thankful that others are suffering or even suffering more than myself; but I can be thankful that things could be worse but they’re not. I am thankful for what I DO have and DO NOT have.
When we are at our lowest, the bills are piling up; our spouse may be out work; the kids are sick; you may have a chronic illness or pain; a loved one is dying; you are overwhelmed from the weight of life itself, it can be very difficult to be thankful let alone try to think of something to be thankful for. Let me give you some suggestions: If you know Jesus as your personal Savior, be thankful for His saving grace. If you had food and water today, be thankful for His sustenance. If you slept in a bed last night, be thankful for the comfort and rest it provided. If you have a roof over your head, be thankful for the shelter He provided. If you have family, be thankful you are not an orphan.
A few years ago I came across this precious prayer of thanksgiving: ( click here to read the prayer (on my site).
Part of our daily routine should be a journal of thanksgiving. Every day we need to count our blessings and write them in a journal. When we are busy counting our blessings we are not focusing on our problems, and our suffering. As we continue with our thankful journal, we begin to THRIVE, we can even be thankful for the pain and suffering because they have made us a stronger person by strengthening our faith and our hope.
“These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with a glorious, inexpressible joy.” 1 Peter 1:7,8
As we embark on our quest to THRIVE, my prayer for you today is found in Colossians 3:16, “Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” Amen.