It's Time to Thrive!!!
The dictionary defines the word Thrive as "growing or developing well or vigorously."
As we are reminded in so many ways, "we live in a worn and weary
land, where many a dream has died." Satan continues to work his way into all aspects of society - our government, our
workplaces, our homes, our families, our churches, every part of our lives. I wonder if you and I are satisfied with his influence?
Are you okay with him ruling yours and my life? Are we just going to sit back in our comfortable environments and allow him
to influence person after person and institution after institution - or - are we going rise up and proclaim, "We're
not going to take this anymore."
Friends, it's time to Thrive! Merely survival - patiently awaiting for Christ's
return or for our day of entering those heavenly gates - can no longer be the only option. We must be like "the tree
planted by the water that will never run dry."
I shouldn't have to remind you of Highlawn's mission To
know Christ and to Make Him known. This continues to be the answer to the dilemma were in. This is the only way we can
defeat the big bad devil - to know Christ (more and more), and to (find ways to) make Him known.
This thrive thing
is going to require hard work. It's easy to sit back and continue to just survive. But, I believe we are called to Thrive!
"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!"
How do we
Get into his Word arming ourselves with the armor we need to fight the forces around us.
2. Become again, a church focused on evangelism.
Not sitting and snoozing, but going and telling!
3. Continue to make it our priority to make disciples.
4. Get outside our walls and serve those who are
under-served with the basic skills of Christian living and learn to work together and live together making our lives safe
must be our priority as a people called by God to reach a dark and broken world. Thrive!
In the Name of the One who demonstrated
what it means to Thrive,
from the song Thrive by Casting Crowns