The Difference Between Godly and Worldly Flourishing

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Flourish. When you read the word, what is the first thought that pops into your mind?  Do you think of a lush garden ripe with fruits and veggies? Or a wealthy person who can provide for his family? Or the Starbucks cup from last Christmas with “Flourish” written in fancy lettering?

According to Dictionary.com, “to flourish” means “to be in a vigorous state; thrive; to be in its or in one’s prime; prosper; to grow luxuriantly; to make dramatic, sweeping gestures.” (Personally, I resonate with the last one. If flourishing means being dramatic, then I must flourish every day. But I digress.)

The word “flourish” also gets thrown around a lot in Christian circles. Flourishing is a desirable trait for those who are in Christ. If we are in Christ and live according to His Word, we think, we will flourish in our work, ministry and family.

But what does it really mean to flourish? And is this even a biblical concept? …Read More.