I am not someone to pretend perfection and know my weaknesses and strengths all too well. I don’t mind others knowing them too and gladly use them as illustrations that others may avoid my pitfalls and learn something from a life lived real and open. BUT I am someone who wants to continually grow, to be tweaked and live life well. I want to be able to be proud of the day when going to bed and expectant for a goodie when waking for the one following. Yet that is not always the case, you have blips in the road.
Today as I’ve reflected on the mix of it all I was chatting with my dear friend in the States and was just so taken with her response that I found myself mulling over it as I stood stirring a big batch of gravy for the freezer, which of course led to fingers taping. Neither of those things should be on my radar as I’m meant to be prepping for this week’s lecture and training and so forth. But I figure best to grapple with what’s in my mind and heart then move on to a fresh week when at the ready. Let’s hope that doesn’t become a regret.
On Friday at the in depth bible study we were unpacking chapter two of Roman’s and while it’s a heavy lesson there are such goodies to be found and run with too. In my tackling of the lecture I touched on consistency and not getting bogged down. Then of course you end up getting to practice it yourself in acute ways. And I can say I’ve had some days that I’m not so proud of lately.
As one does, I was taken with her comment on growth and looked over verses that touched on that. Some that really resonated was Ephesians 4:13-16, 2 Peter 1:5-8 and Colossians 1:9-10 which all speak about maturity and intentional living. In case you don’t want to go dig it out for yourself here it is…
13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God
As I sat thinking on those verses, while I’m not proud of some days of late I do know that there has been much growth from 2011 till now and that can’t be discounted. You simply dust off and keep on, ensuring you live intentional and entrust God to mature you all the more. Often though we don’t see what others do and so I know the importance of having those people that speak into your life, and then of you ensuring you speak into others.
A lady I met through my first book comes to mind. She was so timid when I first met her to connect, with so much hard stuff battering at her as she just tried to survive. Just weeks ago we met up again for our semi regular catch ups and I was so incredibly proud of her that I ensured she was aware of the way she has grown in leaps and bounds, what an amazing mum she is and what her growth does as she imprints that character and way on her precious girls.
Wherever you are at on the road to maturity and growth I just wanted to share these awesome verses with you, that you may also be encouraged to press on, to be intentional and consistent as you do life. Realising there will be days you aren’t so stoked on, and others that you will be able to see the progress. All the while ensuring you have those around you to speak into you, and that you also do the same for others. But of course growth isn’t easy. Just like those kids or teens who’s bodies are going through growth spurts and they get super hungry and in need of more sustenance to help in the process and experience the pains of bones we too need to hunker down with God’s Word to be anchored and sustained, to be grown and tweaked, encouraged and corrected. In the process there will be pains but oh how very worth it when you can go to bed and know you’ve had a goodie.