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By Pastor Paul Gauche

Today’s Word: ‘Thriv’ëra’ as in… Real Thriving in Real-Time.

It’s early Sunday morning. I’m at the local Caffeine Palace, ready for “That First Sip Feeling,” when one of the baristas exclaims, “Oh, my gosh! That guy just stole the tip jar!” It all happened so fast. A young man parked his truck, walked up to the drive-through window, grabbed the tip jar, and took off. He soon discovers that his nefarious plan only nets him about a buck and a half. I want to run after him and demand that he give it back, but I’m thinking twice. People have been killed for a buck and a half. On my way out, I turn and say to my friends, “I’m so sorry that this happened to you.”

Driving away, I’m struggling with one question: How do we change all of this?

The Thriving Rhythms Project, Thriv’ëra: Real Thriving in Real-Time is gaining momentum. It’s about moving 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. It’s about a way of life that 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.

Could Thriv’ëra be part of the change? Yes, and here’s how.

We can be transformed by the good news that we are spirited human beings animated by the breath of the Source of all life; creative human beings, exploring the Divine Impulses of wonder and imagination; connected human beings, living in healthy relationships with others; present human beings, immersing in what each moment has to teach; grateful human beings practicing gratitude as a spirited discipline; generous human beings, living open-heartedly and open-handedly, and missional human beings with a vision of hope and wholeness for the world.

Embracing these truths increases the possibility that somebody, somewhere, could be part of the transformation of the life of the guy who stole the tip jar.

That would be nothing short of real thriving in real-time.


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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