Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 12, 2022

Are You Flourishing?

“I am the vine, you are the branches; the one who remains in Me, and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

What does it mean to have a flourishing life? Is it to be able to pay all your bills and have some money left over? Is it having a good marriage and happy, healthy kids? Is it being able to go to a job you love (or at least like) every day? Or maybe it’s just getting seven or eight hours of solid sleep at night.

I helped lead out a women’s event at church the other day where three women shared their stories of loss, betrayal, and heartbreaking life trauma…and how they walked through these situations to truly flourish. In fact, while they were in the very midst of their respective storms, they demonstrated supernatural grace, mercy, forgiveness, and joy. But how in the world does a person walk through the sudden death of a spouse, the upheaval of adultery, and the endurance of physical and emotional abuse with anything other than anger, bitterness, and despair?

Well, “in the world” this is not possible.

The common thread through each of these compelling stories was the Anchor to which each of these women clung: Jesus. In the midst of potential devastation, we all have a choice. We can succumb to the winds and crashing waves to be tossed about, gasping for moments of air before being helplessly plunged into darkness—we can surrender to the storm. Or we can surrender to the One who has the power to calm the storm and keep us calm as our circumstances are storming around us.

But, friend, this response on our behalf is a choice. We must choose to let go of our fleshly attempts to navigate our situation, and we must hand it over to God. In our own power, we can’t do it! But, when we surrender our life to Jesus, everything changes. Because God first loved us, we are able to love who the world tells us to throw to the curb (1 John 4:19). Because God has forgiven us much (Ephesians 4:32; 1 John 1:9; Colossians 3:13), we are able to forgive who the world says is unforgivable. Because of the unfathomable grace (giving us what we don’t deserve) and mercy (not giving us what we do deserve) the Lord showers on us daily (Lamentations 3:22-23; Luke 6:36; Hebrews 4:16), we are able to extend grace and mercy to others—even when the world thinks we’re crazy for doing so.

What is flourishing? It’s having all we truly need to thrive in the midst of this fallen and broken world. And all we need, friend, is Jesus Christ.

“Lord, this world is dark, but You are the Light. Things shift with uncertainty, but You are the steadfast Rock. With so much hopelessness around us, only You give confident Hope. Father, no matter the storm we’re in, may we surrender to You to find the peace that passes understanding.”

For His Glory

 

Julianne Winkler Smith
TRBC Women’s Life

 

 


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