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failure to thrive

A medical term used to describe an infant or young child who has experienced delays in physical growth, for a variety of possible reasons. I'm a bit concerned about little Howie's failure to thrive, so I want you to bring him back the office next week for further examination.
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thrive on (something)

1. To flourish or grow luxuriantly by feeding or nourishing on something. The predators introduced to the ecosystem by explorers thrived on the multiple species that had not adapted to their presence. This flower thrives on sunshine, so be sure to have it in direct light as often as you can.
2. To reach one's greatest potential for success when exposed to or involved in something. She has always thrived on intense pressure in her studies, so attending Yale for law school seemed like the natural choice. Despite their willfulness, children actually thrive on rule, structure, and discipline.
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thrive (up)on something

to grow vigorously because of something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) These plants thrive upon wet soil. Children thrive on love.
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thrive on

To flourish by or as if by feeding on something: The bears thrived on a rich harvest of berries.
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Thus, they contribute to their own growth and development at the workplace and are more likely to thrive. The findings of the current study are consistent with the results of Porath et al.
Such an environment discourages feelings of vitality and also prohibits learning, thus, an employee cannot thrive. These findings are verified by the earlier researches conducted by Gkorezis, Kalampouka, and Petridou (2013), and Spreitzer et al.
In other words, they want people to thrive at the workplace so that the organization can also thrive in tough competitive environments.
Further, the Thrive Foundation for Youth (2011), an organization devoted to promoting positive youth development, has also identified persistent resourcefulness (learning from challenges) along with character and caring as important for the thriving of youth.
Can non-Christians thrive? If so, how and to what degree?
On the other hand, an element of common grace may enable both non-Christians and Christians to thrive. Just as the rain falls on the crops of the Christian and the non-Christian, so God has planted certain foundational impulses and abilities within all of humanity that allow all people to do some moral good, even if such behavior is not for reasons of Christian faith and pleasing God.
Evidence from the life of Jesus and the life of Paul seems to indicate that suffering does not necessarily ruin an individual's ability to thrive, and thriving and suffering may coexist.
Further work addressing these new markers of thriving may produce interesting results and aid in a richer understanding of what it means for humans to thrive. Future research should further examine the doctrines of Christology and soteriology to gather other potential markers of thriving.
Address: Fuller Theological Seminary, Thrive Center, School of Psychology, 180 N.
The space and freedom that creatures have within the world is not something that creation inherently possesses but is something that God has graciously established for both human and nonhuman creation so they may thrive, flourish, and be perfected into who or what they are supposed to be.
In short, God is not only the giver of life and the one who enables humans and nonhuman creatures to thrive, but he is also the one who creates an environment and atmosphere where thriving might exist.
Human life continues to exist and thrive because of God's providential care in sustaining that which he has created--"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it" (John 1:5).
Considering the idea of common grace helps us to see that God can work in the field of psychology in ways that benefit humanity and help individuals to thrive, regardless of whether those individuals acknowledge God.
Simply asked: Is it possible for non-Christians to thrive? How should we understand thriving while also acknowledging the reality of sin?
God's love of the creation and his blessings of common grace allow for all creatures to thrive to some extent.