Personal Development

Personal Development: the active growing of one’s mind, character and strengths; learning to use one’s innate talents and abilities

 Pain is the price we pay for growing.   Alice H Rice

 All growth… is the result of risk taking…  Jude Wanniski

 Success is a journey, not a destination. Ben Sweetland   

   Let us compare our birth from the womb to an oak seedling that breaks through the soil. It is the beginning of life in both cases. The oak tree does not consciously control the multitude of possibilities that affects it as it goes through its life. What the oak is and what it will become is preprogrammed. On the contrary, we have infinite possibilities and much less programming as to what we can directly do with our lives. 

    There is much we have little or no control over such as our gender, height, intellect and general physical appearance. However, there are infinite possibilities as to the how the details and countless variables come together to ultimately make us into what we become. Just as the environment in which a tree grows greatly affect its outcome; similarly, our environmental influences has major impact on what we become.

     Oak trees never have any control over their environment. As we grow through childhood we increasingly have the capability to control our environment. Under ideal conditions, the oak tree can grow into a magnificent and beautiful specimen. However, it never has any ability to be proactively involved in its ultimate outcome. If it was in the right place at the right time under the right circumstances, it may happen to turn out perfect. For us to become a beautiful and magnificent specimen requires our becoming a skilled architect and accomplished artist of our own growth and development.

     If we leave our life to happenstance; we can be assured that we will fall short of reaching our potential. Much of our final outcome is determined by the effects of influences and experiences that happen throughout life. Negative influences produce negative results; positive influences produce positive results. A proactive management process produces better results than a passive effort. If we want to maximize the results, we must take charge of our personal development and skillfully manage it. Nothing but our very best effort is required. The end result is directly proportional to the effort. We grow and become because we visualize, commit to, work toward and continuously persevere in becoming all we can become. In the final analysis, we are responsible for what we become. Unlike the oak tree, we determine much of our outcome. Good stewardship to the task will make all the difference when it is all said and done.  

Challenge:  Have you taken ownership and responsibility for what you will become? If you have not, then who will? You are enrolled in Life 101. It is a compulsory course that encompasses your entire life. Will you graduate with honors or be a dismal performer? Are you paying attention, listening, observing, participating and giving it your best? Most importantly are you growing and developing? Do not leave the end result to chance?  

Wisdom: When you see the value of continued growth, the circumstances around you become stepping stones.  Clyde M Narrimore

 Spiritual: (NIV)

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.  Ph. 1:9

 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge.  2 Pt. 1:5

 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  James 1:5

 The acorn turns into an oak tree, the fetus becomes a person. The possibilities of the acorn are programmed. The acorn has no conscious say in the matter. We are programmed with infinite possibilities. Some are beyond our direct control. There is much that God allows us to control and affect. He gives us the ability to become almost anything we desire to be. Once we decide to take control, God will help us to maximize the outcome.  

 Prayer:  Help me to be a good steward of all the talents and abilities that you have blessed me with.

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