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Flourishing

Colossians 1:1-14, NRSV

Reflections

Fruitfulness is an image of overflowing abundance growing out of generosity – a generosity of heart as well as possessions. It is a community forming itself around Jesus, refusing to let enemies be enemies and debtors be debtors.
— Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat

  • Flourishing: bearing fruits
  • “When you don’t have it, you wonder if you will ever have it; when you have it, you wonder if it will last”
  • Is it possible to live with a sense of hope flourishing without losing it?
  • 3 things we need to do
    • We need to recognize our own stories in the bigger context
      • Fruits at cosmic level, our stories in the bigger picture of what God is doing
      • Too often we live like we are center of the universe
      • Look around you (v6), there is something bigger happening
    • We need to connect to God
      • What do you connect to help you flourish? What drives you?
      • “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” — C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)
    • We need to engage God’s story

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