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By Pastor Paul Gauche

Today’s Word: Thriv’ëra as in… this is the time to thrive.

When you hear the word thrive, what comes to mind? What does it mean for you to thrive? Are there certain rhythms of life, particular times, or places that naturally generate a sense of thriving for you? How would you describe that to someone? On the other hand, are there moments or circumstances in your daily life that tend to get in the way of how you understand thriving? How would you talk about that?

I was having a conversation with a friend about New Year’s Resolutions and how we often make long lists of things we want to start or stop doing, things we want to tweak a little bit or change completely so that we have a more fulfilling experience of life. It didn’t take long for us to feel overwhelmed by all of that. So I suggested that we do something completely different rather than focusing on long lists of New Year’s Resolutions we know we’ll abandon by Valentine’s Day.


Something completely different like Thriv’ëra.

Thriv’ëra, also known as the Thriving Rhythms Project, challenges us to move with thoughtful purpose toward a deepened sense of identity—that we are spirited, creative, and connected people, called to be present, grateful, generous, and missional with our lives. Thriv’ëra explores what it means to intentionally live into this particular series of life rhythms which helps us bring some good to each day, something better to each moment, and our best to each other as we encounter the world around us. I think we can agree that if we did even a fairly good job of that, the world could be a fairly different place by this time next year.

Try this: write “Thriv’ëra” on a sticky note, put it somewhere where you’ll see it often, and ask yourself, “What one thing can I do today to experience a sense of thriving?”

As we move into the weeks and months ahead, I’ll explore that with you right here. So, tell your friends, and let me know if I can help.


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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