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We Were Meant to Thrive!

Lately I’ve been thinking and I have come to the realization that I live every day just waiting for it to be over. When I get my work schedule every Sunday I think of just getting done working and getting to Sunday ’cause that’s a day off for me. I went with The Mobile Mission to help with the Spirit Alive Youth Conference in Missouri recently and the theme was “Thrive”. The theme song was Thrive by Casting Crowns and it says that “we were made for so much more than ordinary lives, we were meant to thrive”. Throughout the weekend we kept hearing about how God didn’t make us to just wait for the next thing. The “if I can only get through this day, if I could only get done with this class, if I could only get through this week” attitude is not what we were created for.

It is stated in Psalm 34:8

        “O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”

The Lord is so good to us. We truly are blessed to even have Him to turn to.  As humans I think we all naturally take advantage of what we have. Have you ever heard of that saying, “you never really know what you have until it’s gone”? Why do we do that to ourselves? Why is it so easy to brush things off and not appreciate them until we no longer have them. Lately I have been living my life unappreciative of what I have. I work at a sports bar and my schedule is usually 3 days a week and every Saturday night. The past couple of weeks I’ve caught myself just thinking to myself, “if I can only get past Saturday night so I can go to Mass on Sunday morning and then nap all day”. Before this weekend at Spirit Alive I was completely fine with that mindset. I thought it was great that I had something to look forward to at the end of the week, but this weekend made me realize that every day is in itself its own blessing. If I wake up ready to get the day over with, am I really living? I encourage you to really analyze the way you’re living life and to not go through the days “just surviving”.

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