2018 Theme for North America
5 Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength,[a] whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. 8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 10 “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind,[b] to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
This world we live in can be dry, salty, bitter, empty, and lonely. Imagine it like an isolated desert with no trees, water, or anything that produces life. The people, like tumbleweeds in the desert, are entirely restless. They’re restless searching for truth. They’re restless searching for something to fill the void inside of them. And they’re restless searching for a place of belonging and real community. In this desert place, nothing is truly healthy.
But this is not where we as people were created to live. We were not created to be dry, salty, confused, lonely, and empty. We were created to be quenched with living water, to grow, and to produce fruit. We were made to be healthy and vibrant. We were made to bear fruit in all seasons, even in the droughts.
We are created to thrive. But how do we do that?
We will explore this as we unpack the Thrive theme for our students in 2018!
THRIVE SPEAKER NOTES
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Many thanks to this year's Theme Team for working hard to put this together for you!