We are meant to flourish—not just to survive, but to thrive; not just to exist, but to explore and expand.
This statement comes from Andy Crouch’s new book, Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk, and True Flourishing.
The question is, how do we attain “true flourishing”? How do we shape a world in which people really experience a life of abundance and goodness and joy and peace?
To find the answer, Crouch points to Jesus, who revolutionized the world through both his strength and his weakness. His strength was expressed in his power to heal, to change lives, and to speak with boldness against the religious leaders of his age. But none of that strength would have made a lasting difference had it not been for the weakness he exhibited at the cross.
This is the “paradox of flourishing.” True flourishing is possible, not when we live only in weakness and vulnerability, and not when try only to exert power and influence over others. True flourishing is possible when we live lives that encompass both weakness and strength.
As strange as this paradox may seem, at Flourish San Diego, we believe that understanding this truth is essential for the church. That’s why we’ll be talking about the “Paradox of Flourishing” at our next Flourish San Diego Collective Lunch on August 2.
And (if you’re in the San Diego area) we’d love to have you join us!
Here are the details:
What: Lunch with a discussion of “The Paradox of Flourishing”
Where: the new Flourish San Diego offices (13230 Evening Creek Dr S #217, San Diego, CA 92128)
When: Wednesday, August 2, noon-1:30 p.m.
Why: Because God wants to flourish the world through your church!
How to register: At the Eventbrite invitation HERE
We hope you’ll be able to join us for this important and encouraging time together! Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Again, to register for the Flourish Collective lunch on August 2, click HERE.