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Even as Your Soul Prospers

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Flourishing encompasses so much.
How do we flourish, where do we begin?
“Beloved I wish above all things that you prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers” 3 John 2 and in a different translation…”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.”
To prosper, or flourish, is so much more than being physically healthy, being in shape, having money, doing what you want, etc. I want to thrive. Where does that begin? I think it begins on the inside. There is an order to things. I’ll admit, I get it backwards at times.
For a long time, it seems.
I am in the process of righting the order of my life and I’ve come to this conclusion. Without a flourishing in my soul-there is no real flourishing in any other area. I could achieve business success, make a lot of money, travel, etc., but without health in my soul none of that really matters.
I want my life to matter. I want to make a difference in my community, in my world. I believe that we can thrive in all aspects of our lives, but it starts on the inside.
Having a gratitude journal has really helped. There is something to be said about being intentional with thanks. I am seeing life with new eyes and it’s so beautiful. I urge you to try it…just keep track of what you’re grateful for. When you are down, when life seems to be too much…write down what is good in your life. No matter how small.
Something as seemingly simple as the smile in the eyes of a child, the wind in your hair, the very breath in your lungs. You are alive and that is grace in itself.
This is simply the beginning…this is where I am. Keeping track of gratitude. Putting my life in better order. Beginning to flourish within, so that I am aware and grateful of flourishing without.
Next time…more talk of physical flourishing.