What if this life is about more than surviving? Have you ever heard that saying about thriving instead of just surviving? I don’t know what I think about that quote right now.
What is thriving anyway?
Is that even possible?
I don’t use the word thrive very often…I don’t even use the word survive very often. I’m kind of in triage mode – that’s the phrase I use a lot.
Just living in triage mode…the most immediate disaster gets my attention first…the loudest complaint, the biggest boo-boo, the nearest deadline, and sometimes the easiest fix…if I’m honest.
And sometimes, living in triage mode means that the most important stuff doesn’t get met…it isn’t a good place to live.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to get out of it, but it appears to me right now that the only way is to walk through it…sometimes it seems like it’s getting darker rather than lighter though.
Darker? I don’t want to do darker….bring on the spotlight! Goodness, I’d take a flashlight…the little $1 one from Walmart. Just a little light for the path again…
I’m tripping over angry, falling over frustrated, crashing into overwhelmed, and washing out over weariness.
Honestly, if I stub my toe one more time…
But what if…what if I’m called to something more than thriving or surviving?
What if I’m called to something not even in the same category? Something radical?
Something like blessing?
What if my life is about blessing?
Blessing God….glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.
How do I do that in this?
This messy life. This life full of tumult and tears. This sleepless, exhausting life. This life full of endless to-dos, responsibilities, expectations, and needs. This life…
This life full of children…noisy, scruffy, feisty children who I love desperately.
This life full of home…untidy, laundry-full, dishes-full, wonky-floored home that I’m ever so thankful for.
This life of work…stressful, endless demands, difficult situation work that provides for my family.
This life of finances…busted budgets, fearful feelings, and exorbitant expenses that God always seems to work through.
This life of family…missing, needing, and loving family.
This life of friends….missing, needing and loving friends too.
This life of busyness…frantic, never-ceasing activity that blesses my children with fellowship, encouragement, and strength.
This life…this life is full of blessings. It’s how I look at them that seems to make the difference. It’s what I pay attention to…lately, I’ve pretty much only paid attention to my troubles.
Even my blessings have often seemed like HUGE burdens more than anything else lately. Ever felt that way?
No wonder I can’t get my head in the game.
No wonder I’m always feeling on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
I keep trying to do all this stuff in my own strength…as if to prove that I can. Maybe to show myself worthy of…I don’t even know what. Worthy of love? Worthy of admiration? Just plain worthy?
Maybe I just want to be strong. So often I feel so weak, but honestly if someone wanted to step in and “save” me from all this stress I’d take it.
Wait a minute…
There are some verses about that…
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
Come to me, all you 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 is light. Matthew 11:28-30
I have a Savior and He says to give it all to Him and the burden I get back is easy and light.
Oh my goodness! How awesome does easy and light sound right now?!?
So practically speaking, how do I do easy and light when all heck seems to be breaking loose every other day in some area of my life…(wish I was exaggerating.)
All I can say is that I think it all has to do with my focus and my attitude.
If I can please remember that the Lord loves me and that HE DOES HAVE A PLAN in all of this and HE does want to help, provide, and care for me.
If I can please acknowledge with my attitude that Jesus is my Savior in all areas of my life. He cares about everything. He didn’t just check off the Savior box when He died on the cross. He is the Savior of every second of my day.
Why can’t I live like I know that? The gospel isn’t just for getting me into heaven…it’s for me every day. It’s not just for life after death…it’s for life before death. It’s for a life of thriving not just surviving (there I said it) not just hanging by a thread until heaven.
It’s a life of blessings because I have a big God and wonderful Savior.
Lord, show me how to live that way. Show me how to step out of this triage mode into faith mode. Please open my eyes to the blessings around me and help me to stop just focusing on what I see as the mess of my world. Thank you Jesus for being the Savior of my soul and my situation. I love you Lord.