This is the last in my 5-part series on “How to Grow almost Anything.
A Life Changing Verse
A verse that changed my life a few years ago is Proverbs 21:5. It states, Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
As I look back, I have wanted to experience growth in a lot of areas of my life. I have wanted to be a better follower of Jesus, a better husband and father. A better pastor, surfer and adventure-motor-bike-rider.
And in truth – I have done some “planning and hard work” in all of the above areas.
But, in this final edition of this series, How to Grow almost Anything, the thing I want to speak about is my experience of being “human”! I am not just talking about being a “better” human being, which of course I would like to be. But I want to experience what it means to be “human”!
This is not always easy to define. I feel like the world I am exposed to has become so obsessed with the “me” part in becoming a better person. And, on the surface that sounds good, but in practice it is little more elusive.
There are thousands of books and motivational talks about being positive, successful, and having a more meaningful life. In fact, my website and mission is about this. I am contributing to the flood of content about “being a better person”.
There is Always More to Learn
I have been a Christ follower all my life. And the great joy of this has been the fact that there is always a lot more to learn and experience. I want to understand who God is and what it means to be human.
The point – good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
Check this out from Philippians 2:12b-13, Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
When I read these verses, I find the ambiguity quite difficult. “Work hard to show results… for God is working in you”. This speaks about applying ourselves to what God is already working within us.
A Tension to Manage
It seems that to experience growth, there is always going to be a tension to manage. Personal growth is figuring out what God is doing inside of you. Then, taking what He is doing, applying yourself to the work He is doing in you.
What Does this Mean for You?
So, what is God doing in you? If you don’t know, here is one thing I know He is doing in all of us. Applying yourself to this will change your life.
He is calling us to love each other.
How do we love each other? Here is one thought I know has changed my life and may change yours.
Every person you lock eyes with, is an image bearer of God. Even though they may not be living that image out, never the less, they have been created in the image of God!
Trust me – it will take some effort to do this – but it will change your life!
Let me know what you think!