“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
There’s a beautiful, delicate looking flower that grows around the coastal cliffs of Britain. The colloquial name for it is Thrift. An evergreen Perennial, Thrift is an amazingly tough little plant. It’s often found around the rocky coastal cliffs of Britain. It’s petals can withstand extreme conditions; even when it’s being battered by freezing cold, salty winds, heavy rain and full sun, these cheerful little pink flowers just keep blooming, bringing joy to intrepid walkers, not expecting to find anything so pretty growing somewhere so harsh. In winter, their leaves keep their bright green colour and are frost and snow resistant. God created them to thrive in harsh conditions.
So it is with us, His children.
Created to Thrive!
Some of us are facing very real hardships, heartaches and difficulties, so I’m not suggesting for a moment that we should pretend these aren’t happening and hope they’ll go away.
But as children of God, it is more than possible to thrive in the midst of our problems.
Jesus said “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
I like the New Living Translation’s take on that verse: “a rich and satisfying life.”
‘Abundant lif’e doesn’t imply waking up in the morning, determined to grit our teeth and survive yet another day, does it? God created you and I to thrive, not just to survive!
Because of Who Lives in Us
Hard times will come to us all, as we’re told in John 16:33. But as children of The Living God we have a hope! John 16:33:
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Jesus, The Overcomer, lives in our hearts. We can thrive, in the midst of our difficulties, not because of who we are, but because of who He is!
“for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1John 4:4
“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:7–9
Our joy and peace doesn’t depend on our outward circumstances. Or strength comes from the Spirit of God, who lives in us, therefore wherever we are, we thrive!