What on earth is “Splankna?” I’m glad you asked. Let me first tell you my experience and then I will let you know how to find out more about it.
We have all had this experience; we know what is wrong, we want to get well, we may even seek help, but nothing works. It’s frustrating and if you’re like a lot of people, you have just accepted that some things won’t change. You’ve accepted something less than the abundant life Christ came to give you. Or maybe you have accepted some watered down version of abundant life and become convinced there is nothing more.
“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” I Thessalonians 5:24
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” II Timothy 2:13
He has called you, He is faithful, He will do it! Let that sink in for a moment. God can’t be unfaithful because he can’t deny Himself. This means we can expect God to show up and make things happen. So has God called you to THRIVE in your life? If you’re not sure, go back and read this series again. Is He bigger than any of the thing that have been limiting you in your life?
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5
“The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
We are called to have visions, plans and desires. Despite what you may have been taught, we are active players in this world and in our own lives. However, this never minimizes or negates the sovereignty of God. We are to plan and be visionaries but only in full dependence on God and in submission to his sovereignty!
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Thessalonians 5:23
God has created us Body, Soul and Spirit! We are physical, emotional and spiritual. We are also made to be relational in all aspects of our being. These areas of life all work together and affect each other. Therefore, all approaches to healing and wellness must be integrated to be effective! We must be willing to look at all areas of our life and not just one area that we see as important.
Ok so this is super important. We need to be relevant and to be relevant we need to love! Love, not just as I understand it but love so that others receive it. If I love in a way that it is not received, it is irrelevant. To truly love and receive love we need to have people in our lives who are willing to get to know us and understand how we are wired. Do you have people like that? It is our desire, through these “Keys to Thrive,” to meet you where you are and communicate God’s love in a manner that is relevant to your life and your circumstances.
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14
“but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” I Peter 1:15-16
God has called us to be holy and without holiness we cannot connect with God or live a godly life. In a world that is addicted to self and to comfort, we are taught to pursue happiness. This influence from the world gives us another limitation. It limits our view of our circumstances and makes us very ego centric. As we remove this limitation and stand in awe of God’s holiness, our perspective on ourselves, our circumstances and the world we live in completely change. We become open to a whole new understanding that helps us THRIVE no matter what our circumstances are.
“that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” I John 1:3
God has called us to be in relationship with Him and with others. The quality of these relationships affects all areas of our lives. In order to live the life we were called to, if we are to thrive in life, we must connect in healthy ways with God and with others. What is the quality of your relationships?
I was once asked if, as Christians, we should be plan makers or order followers. How are we suppose to Thrive as Christians? Do we create visions, make plans, or wait for orders? As I thought about this and what scripture says, it was clear that we are to be both plan makers and order followers. We need to find our calling, create visions and be obedient even when we feel ill equipped.