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By Pastor Paul Gauche

Today’s Word: ‘Connected’ as in… we are, all of us, after all, connected to one another!

Since the Fall of 2018, I’ve been leading a fantastic group of seven couples through the Thriving Rhythms Project. I affectionately refer to the group as “Thrivers 1.0.”

At our first meeting I was clear: healthy small groups have a big beginning and a bold ending. We began in October of 2018, and agreed to end in June, 2019. We had a party to introduce the series, a party to end the series, and from November to May we met seven times to have a party and talk about what it means to be ‘Thrivers;’ spirited, creative, connected, present, grateful, generous and missional people. At that June meeting the group told me—and this is the quote:

“Hey Gauche, you can do what you want to do, but we’re still going to get together!”

Two years later we’re still thriving together!

So I thought to myself, “If one group is fabulous, then two groups, of course, would be spectacular!”

So since October 2019, I’ve been meeting with another spectacular group of seven High School students. I affectionately refer to this group as “Thrivers 2.0.”

We’ve studied what it means to thrive as connected, relational young people who bear the image of the Creator; who find deep satisfaction in practicing intentional acts of kindness with all people; who explore the kind of hospitality that creates trust and builds mutual respect; and who know the level of connectedness that sustains the community that we all share together.

We then wrestled with seven questions: What makes a good friend? Why would your best friend say that you’re their best friend? What “key ingredients” are necessary in healthy connections? How does being connected to people we don’t know and may never meet impact the way we live? How does one’s connection to the Divine impact connections with others? How does practicing intentional acts of kindness and showing hospitality strengthen relationships. Who modeled all of this for you?

How would respond to those questions? And before you rush off to what’s next, linger a bit on the last question: Who modeled [healthy, vital] well for you?

Engaging in this level of reflection always leads to more thriving ways of being connected. Because we are, all of us, after all, connected to one another.


Paul Gauche is the Pastor of Life Transitions at Prince of Peace. His posts are part of his #100days50works project, where be blogs about a different word each day. You can follow his project on Instagram (@pgauche), or on his blog, Thriving Rhythms.

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