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By Pastor Paul Gauche

Today’s Word: ‘Missional’ as in… that aha moment that comes from finding clarity about who we are, what we are doing here, where we are going, and how we will get there.

Thriv’era explores the call to move with intention toward a rhythmic sense of identity and purpose – that we are spirited, creative, and connected people called to be present, grateful, generous, and missional with our lives. As image-bearers of the Creator, we are actively reimagining what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ in our homes, neighborhoods, communities, and beyond. We understand that the Spirit, breathing in and through us, empowers us to live into this unique series of life rhythms that help us bring some good to each moment, something better to each day, and our best to each other as we encounter the world around us.

The seventh thriving rhythm, Missional, begins with this guiding narrative:

As image-bearers of the Divine, we are inherently missional individuals, empowered to cultivate the momentum of thriving life and aliveness in others. Thriving in our mission, we embrace a vision that involves creating momentum for healing and unity and actively pursuing movements centered around hope and wholeness.

Seven core themes are woven throughout this narrative, providing a framework to guide our reflection and, ultimately, our actions. We’ll explore how even the smallest gestures of kindness can create a healing momentum. We’ll meditate on how unity is the oneness of purpose and not the sameness of persons. We’ll celebrate the reality that all significant and lasting movements begin with an invitation. We’ll be reminded of the wisdom of Frederick Buechner, who believed that while hope stands up to its knees in the past, it keeps its eye on the future. And lastly, we’ll affirm that wholeness is having a deep sense of being put together even when we’re falling apart.

Thriving Reflections:

++ How would you describe the mission of your life?

++ Can you identify any “momentum for healing and unity? Where have you seen that active?

++ What movements of hope and wholeness inspire you most?



Paul Gauche is the Pastor of Life Transitions at Prince of Peace. His posts are part of his #100days50words project, where he blogs about a different word each week. You can follow his project on Instagram (@pgauche) or his blog, Thriving Rhythms.

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