Good Monday Morning!
Just the fact that you are opening this email & following through on your commitment to THRIVE is awesome– way to go!
Excited to CHECK IN with you heading into week 3:
How is it going feeding your THRIVE?
- Choosing Mary’s priorities over Martha’s – making sure Jesus comes first?
- Thriving right now regardless of the past and your ‘story’?
- Maintaining high levels of ‘Thrive-Ability’, keeping your thrive going? regardless of the circumstances?
- Choosing a partner to team up with for the 30 days of keeping Thrive Alive?
Week three: Opportunity of a Lifetime – Thrive all the time!
Please take a moment and write down the answer to the following sentence:
The top two or three major problems or challenges that are looking to hijack my THRIVE right now are _____________, ___________________, _____________?
Great, we’ll come back to them in just a moment.
Switching gears, we are now going to jump into Genesis 45 and take a look at Joseph approximately 17 years after his bothers have sold him.
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you… 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.[a] 8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.
What stands out to you about Joseph’s perspective & everything that had happened to him?
How would you rate his THRIVE-ABILITY during his 17 years away from his family?
What was it that fueled him to THRIVE and continue to give his heart and his best when he had been let down, forgotten, falsely accused, and rejected?
Is there any evidence that he looked at his situation as a ‘problem or challenge’?
It was as if Joseph was saying to his brothers, “You selling me gave me the opportunity of a lifetime!”
Consider the following scripture:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds,3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Joseph, from what we see in the scriptures, was able to obey the heart of this scripture in his trials and therefore THRIVE!
What I have realized in my life, is that looking at things and thinking of situations as problems and challenges (past, present and future) can fuel resentment, fear, regret and stress.
It is an unspiritual way of experiencing and living life.
So, say good-bye to your ‘problems and challenges’ forever & instead view and experience all trials as OPPORTUNITIES to mature and become complete!
Application / Practical’s:
- The things I appreciate about Joseph the most are __________, ___________, ___________.
- What kept Joseph Thriving was that he _________________________.
- Look back up at what you put down as your ‘problem and challenges.’ If Joseph came back to earth as your THRIVE buddy, how would he encourage you to look at those things? What might he say?
- When you look at your life, what is something that at first seemed like a problem or challenge, but now you see it as it truly was all along – an opportunity?
- To put into practice James 1:2-4, I will remind myself that everything is an OPPORTUNITY by __________________.