Growth

suemurphy 187Personal, mental, intellectual; developing abilities; a better person

I am still learning.   Michelangelo

Pain is the price we pay for growing.  Alice Rice

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.   Confucius

We should be committed to our own growth. Each one of us must be our own parent, manager and teacher. We can no longer be dependent upon parents or others to instruct us. After we became adults, we were given the hoe and the rake and became responsible for becoming our own growth-gardener.

There is an element of personal growth that continues to occur throughout life. It is a natural process and we will continue growing to some degree, regardless of how responsible we are or are not be. Those that take care of their gardens have better harvests and results than those that let their garden go to weeds. Life teaches that we have virtually unlimited opportunities to grow and to develop throughout our lives.

Why do so few of us choose to actively develop all the wonderful potential that is stored inside of us? Many believe that there is more to this life than we can ever know until after it has ended. Most of the same people believe that this life is a precursor to some type of existence that continues after this life ends. Along the same lines, it is believed that the person you become in this life will influence whatever happens to follow. It would seem that there are all kinds of reasons to want to proactively grow and to become all that we can become, not only to get the most out of this life, but in preparation for any kind of additional existence that may await us.

Perhaps ‘fear’ is the reason we avoid being committed to growth and becoming all we can be. The fear of the unknown is formidable. It keeps us hiding inside in the so-called safety of our comfort zones. We are afraid to expose ourselves to new things, adventures, challenges and risks. We are also afraid of the pain that comes from falling down and running into obstacles. Our growth comes by experiencing, living and learning.

The seeds of our potential are within and yearn to be planted and nurtured. A bountiful harvest lies inside. Our seeds are wasted if we do not unlock their potential and do something with them. We need to plant these seeds before we can reap the benefits of a deeper and more fulfilling life. Personal growth-gardening is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Become the person that lies stored inside of you.

Challenge:  Is your comfort zone your enemy. Do you spend too much time there? Commit to your personal growth and development. Turn your weaknesses into strengths. Take some risks. Get your feet wet. Fall down, experience some pain, get back up and grow through the process. Learn to love and accept yourself in new ways. Become your true best friend. All of these things will help you to grow. Be proactively growth-oriented.

Wisdom: We cannot stand still. We must grow. We must keep on improving ourself. This is life’s main issue. All the experiences of life are for the purpose of making us more wonderful.   Elinor MacDonald

Spiritual: (NIV):

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

Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:11

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

We are wonderful creations. God made us in his own image. Think through what this means. God does not make “junk.” He makes wonderful and beautiful creations. His creations need to be loved, grown, nurtured, and taken care of to become the beautiful creations He intended them to be. Who is responsible for your growth-garden? The answer is you. You must become a better steward of your garden. Reap the wonderful harvest awaiting you.

Prayer:  Help me to become that which You designed me and equipped me to become.

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