Surviving vs Thriving: The Delicate Balance

The dictionary defines surviving as, “still living after another or others have died or died out.” “remaining after another or others have ceased existence, operation, or use.” I would like to add another thought. Surviving is much like existing with no purpose. Likewise, the dictionary defines thriving as, “characterized by success or prosperity.”

Many of us are well versed in how to survive. Some of us have grown up poor and experienced many struggles in our day to day lives. During those times, perhaps your primary goal was to remain alive to see another day.

We see a wonderful balance of surviving and thriving in the word of God. Paul speaks of this balance in the following passage:

Philippians 4:11-13

11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

It is important that we understand this biblical principle. So many times, people think that times of scarcity mean that God has forsaken us. I challenge us to think differently. Paul stated that he learned the secret of being content. His contentment was not only found when he had plenty, but he was equally content when he found himself in want. Paul learned the lesson here, was to live in a perpetual state of contentment.

The Bible states in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.                        

The Bible also states in III John 2, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

Dear friends, I encourage you to begin to see God in EVERY phase of your life. Times of plenty as well as times of lack weave in us the delicate balance of living a life of contentment in every situation.

This is Leslie Eaddy Brooks, Think About It.

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