“Vibrance” — Why that name?
Vibrance: (n) It’s the noun form of vibrant (adj): a. Pulsing or throbbing with energy or activity… a. Vigorous, lively, and vital.
Vibrance. One word, two syllables that keep me from rambling on and on about the good things that come from living obediently.
I enjoy flower gardening, and the sight of a bright flower tells me a couple things right away. “I’m alive!” the flower would say if it had the words. “My roots are bringing nutrients up from the soil, my leaves are doing the same with light and atmosphere. I’m healthy! Enjoy the beauty, Mister, there will be more of us next season.”
When I see a family of people who love and respect each other, encourage & promote, love enough to correct (You’ve got a little piece of something in your teeth. — Oooh- thanks!), and enjoy being together, it’s apparent; this family is alive. Their relationships are dynamic. Healthy. Loving. These folks could probably even disagree about something significant and still be fine with each other. Respect and honor see to it that it’s so. This family knows how to work and play well – together.
When I see a group of Christians who pray, study and worship together, help each other grow, serve others, encourage each other to be more loving and to do good work (more on that in Hebrews 10.19-25), I know I’ve found a healthy church.
- Those folks probably know who God is and understand what He likes. Or doesn’t. They know what He approves of and what He hates from spending time in the Word.
- They respond to Him in meaningful ways when they gather and when they’re alone.
- They know He expects them to be healthy and reproduce (like my flowers) to bring more hope, faith and love into a world that won’t admit what it needs. They’re living out what they know of God. It’s not a chore, it’s more than a creed they subscribe to — it’s what they do! It stems from Who they love! The first half of John 15 describes it best.
When I see those qualities in my family, the non-profits and churches I work with –and in the mirror– I get excited! We need more of this! I love the sense of fulfillment that comes from living that way. I savor the quiet, often silent delight that comes from knowing “This is healthy! How alive! The world could use more of this, ya’ know?”
Vibrance. One word, two syllables, that convey the good things that come from living obediently. Vibrance is more than a great name for this site. It’s how I endeavor to live. It’s what I hope to convey when I influence people, especially Christians, who are sincere about the abundant life Christ came to give.
If you like the idea of overhearing someone describe your life as “So obviously alive” join the discussions. This is contagious!