Survive or thrive, what’s the difference? Surviving means, “to continue to live or exist,” while thrive can be defined as “to grow or develop well, to prosper or to flourish.”
I will keep a healthy mindset even though I am living with an autoimmune disorder. I will not give up on my dreams and I am not going to settle for an unfulfilled life because I have an autoimmune disorder. I know that one touch of God’s favor will set me up for a future of thriving. I will thrive today, tomorrow and in the coming weeks.
Do you have a surviving mentality or a thriving mentality with it comes to your autoimmune disorder? I have a thriving mentality. I told myself twenty years ago that my autoimmune disorder was not going to get me, but I was going to kick its butt. I don’t want to just survive, I want to thrive.
This is what a survival mindset looks like:
If I can just get to this weekend…
If I can just make it to the first of the month…
If I can just get to summer vacation…
If I can just finish this project…
If I can just beat this sickness…
If I can just make this payment…
If I can just get the kids through college…
Living with a survival mentality will keep me from God’s best and being my best. I definitely don’t want that.
The word “thrive” means to grow vigorously, to prosper, to progress toward or reach a goal. You know how vigorously babies normally develop. The apostle Peter challenges us with the following, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). And we are promised that we will prosper when we go God’s way. “They shall prosper that love you” (Psalm 122:6).
I want to unpack these “thrive words” in the verses above:
- Flourish – to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant
- Prosper – to be successful or fortunate, especially in financial respects; thrive;
- Blessed – divinely or supremely favored; fortunate: to be blessed with a strong, healthy body; blessed with an ability to find friends.
- Favor – friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill: to win the favor of the king.
- Increase – to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to:
- Success – the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals
5 verses on Flourishing
- “If you accept my words and store up my commands within you…you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:1, 5).
- “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25).
- “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3).
- “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord” (Proverbs 16:20).
- “He who cherishes understanding prospers” (Proverbs 19:8).
My Final Thought
I love these verses. These are thriving verses. They give us a look into our future because we have favor with God. I want you to meditate on them throughout your day and when you have a flare that raises its ugly head.
2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 (ERV)
17 We have small troubles for a while now, but these troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than our troubles. 18 So we think about what we cannot see, not what we see. What we see lasts only a short time, and what we cannot see will last forever.
Here is my version of this verse:
17 I have small troubles, flares and inflammation, for a while now, but these autoimmune issues are helping me gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory that is waiting for me is much greater than my autoimmune disorders. 18 I will think about what I cannot see, my new body free of illness, flares, inflammation, pains and aches, not what I can see, the scars, the rashes, the dry eyes. My autoimmune disorders lasts only a short time. They are a blip on the radar of eternity. What I cannot see, my new body, will last forever!
Rewrite this verse to fit your “small troubles.”
17 I have small troubles, ________________________________, for a while now, but these ______________________________ are helping me gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory that is waiting for me is much greater than my _____________________________________. 18 I will think about what I cannot see, ___________________________________________, not what I can see, ____________________________________________. My _________________________________ lasts only a short time. It is a blip on the radar of eternity. What I cannot see, ________________________________________, will last forever!
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