Get past the self talk, pride and success. Or, get past the struggles, defeats and purposelessness, and ask yourself this question: Is my life and work flourishing? Or am I on a treadmill, striding from day to day merely trying to live a “good life”?
That…is a very difficult question to ask yourself.
Each December, as our WorkMatters team plans for the new year, we go through a One Word exercise. I have found that this process gives incredible focus and clarity to our organization and lives. Last year our word was Impact. When we began the One Word process for 2015, I believed we had no chance to discover a more significant word for 2015 than Impact. After all, that’s what WorkMatters has existed to do for 11 years! But God is always faithful and as we prayed, the goosebumps came as we realized that FLOURISH was our 2015 word!
Everyone wants to flourish, right? But we don’t often invest in learning how. WorkMatters wants to flourish as a national marketplace ministry. More importantly, we want to help YOU flourish in your work.
My close friend and mentor over the last 12 years, Dr. Steve Graves, has written a simple, but defining book on flourishing. If this post sparks your curiosity about flourishing in any way, I highly recommend reading Steve’s book as a next step. The flourishing definition that Steve uses motivates me: to flourish is to bloom, grow, thrive, be energized, shine, bear fruit, break forth, or overflow.
Consider this powerful verse:
- Even though it is planted, will it flourish? (Ezekiel 17:10 HCSB)
WorkMatters wants to help you flourish in your work. With God’s help, we have planted thousands of seeds. But this is the question to consider in 2015: will you flourish? Because it’s not just HOW you close the gap between faith and work that matters, but what happens when you do!
Flourishing is what God always intended for our lives when Jesus said, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” John 10:10
This year…let’s go on a faith at work journey. Let’s discover what it means for you to truly flourish in your work and in your life!
Closing the gap together,
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