Meaning of Thrive Life

What does it mean to Thrive?

by Pastor James D. Gailliard on December 04, 2019

 When you step into the worship center at Word Tabernacle Church one of the biggest wall hangings you will see is the word "Thrive", that's because we are committed to thriving and helping others to thrive.  What does it mean to Thrive?  Well glad you asked, "Thriving" is about addressing the entire person. Thriving is about ensuring we continue taking steps forward and when we must take a step back it is part of an intentional strategy to exponentially and synergistically improve our lives. Thriving is about cultivating the entire person, specifically:

  • Spiritually because only a Biblically based value system and personal relationship with God is able to empower us in a way that stands the test of both time and eternity. Our value system cannot be built on the shaky foundation of culture, politics, race or socioeconomics. Only a foundation of truth is solid enough to not collapse under the weight of personal agenda, bigotry and injustice.

  • Physically because God still places his Spirit inside of a body. When we are sick, tired or out of shape it has an adverse effect on how we perform tasks and responsibilities. What I put in my body; where I take my body; Who I let touch my body and what I do with my body all impact to what extent I thrive.

  • Emotionally because it is unhealthy to ignore our emotions and they’re ability to be used by God to assist us in decision making. Although we should not make emotional decisions we should also not make decisions before we have taken the time to inventory, assess and address our feelings. Grief, anger, fear, joy, trust are all God given. Learning to process our emotions is a necessary practice.

  • Socially because relationships matter. The state of our family matters, as do our friendships and casual fellowships. Those we spend time with have a powerful and valuable “banking property.” We give them “card access” to our time, feelings, dreams, resources, ideas, experiences and mind on a regular basis and in many instances a daily basis, transactions are being made. If we wouldn’t trust a person with our ATM card and the pin, we should question why we give them access to our personal resources that are much more valuable than money. Our time should be spent with those who already value themselves, are willing to make an investment in others and are willing to participate in a mutually beneficial relationship.

  • Intellectually because good decision-making requires critical thinking and the ability to synthesize a variety of data. Reading and exposure to multiple facets of life and the world around us ensures we understand our options and the consequences to our choices.

  • Financially because it costs money to live in this society. Without the ability to knowledgeably earn, invest, spend and give, we place ourselves in a perpetual cycle of “time for money.” Eventually we run out of money before we run out of time. The objective is for our money to outlast our time.

For us the words "We Thrive" are not just nice words we say, but rather it's a lifestyle!

Tags: spiritual growth, thrivie life, intellectual growth; financial growth, social connections, physical growth

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