#11: Requiring a taste for that beyond thriving.

***This is the eleventh of a series of posts based on a book I’m reading for a class called Connections in Religious and Ecological Education entitled Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation. The chapter is “One Pastor’s Question and Hope,” by Joel C. Hunter.

“Requiring a taste for that beyond thriving…” Living abundantly, having true life, fulfilled, integrated wholeness of being requires a taste for something larger than simple survival.  And, even more, beyond thriving.  This phrase strikes me because it assumes that we have to hunger for this, that it’s not a given.  Finding the savor in the possibilities of living, to seek it and yearn for it, is essential.  We can not only survive, not only thrive, but do something entirely more wonderful.  We can become more than the sum of our parts, personally and communally.  But we have to want it.  And we have to want it not only for ourselves but also for others, for our human and creaturely family.  I don’t know about you, but I struggle to know what could be better than thriving.  This is a challenge.  Even when we think we’re moving toward wholeness, is there even more to seek, even more God has promised us?  What have we not imagined as possible?

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