We must make our personal growth a priority if we want to live a deliberate life.
The process for living a deliberate life began two years ago for me, but I was unawares. What I did know two autumns ago was that God had growth on His mind, and as a blogger I naturally thought He meant blog growth. I was wrong.
He meant my growth.
There was no way I could have predicted what would take place in my life over the next two years, but the why was clear.
God said, “You have all of these big dreams and these things you want to do. Your heart is in the right place, but they are not going to happen unless you get your house in order first.”
God did not just mean my literal house, although that was included too. He meant my inner one. Every major part of my life was affected. There was nothing was left unturned or unchanged or unattended to.
That next year felt like a crash course — rapid and intense training for real-life. At the time I knew it was preparation, but for what? I did not know. What I knew is that I would be growing, it would take intentionality, it was a good thing, but it might hurt a little or a lot.
To reach your potential you must grow. And to grow you must be highly intentional about it…If you want to reach your potential and become the person you were created to be, you must do much more than just experience life and hope that you learn what you need along the way.
You must go out of your way to seize growth opportunities as if your future depended on it. Why? Because it does. Growth doesn’t just happen — not for me, not for you, not for anybody. You have to go after it! — John C. Maxwell
There was a chasm between where I was and where I wanted to be, and it created an an unsettling in my soul. Life’s friction created an agitation that made me very uncomfortable — inside and out. But it was by divine design. The restlessness fueled my desire for change.
When it is time for growth, it is time for change. Change never comes without resistance. Change is not easy, but necessary for growth.
The tension in the gap between where I was and where I wanted to be was the a struggle that God used to propel me toward growth. Sometimes it is a necessary struggle to strengthen your running muscles. Sometimes it is a pruning to make you grow more fortified to be able to withstand the next season. I experienced much of both.
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” — C.S. Lewis
You see, while we are concerned with what is happening to us, God is much more focused on what is happening in us. Because, what is on the inside always ends up showing on the outside.
Areas of life touched by growth for each person will be unique. I will share about mine. It felt a lot like a whole-life-make-over with little untouched including messy, cluttered closets and my physical health.
This is Day 7 in the series. We are only a quarter of the way through the series. I have taken my time, deliberately. Amongst other things, I will continue to share about the process: preparation, potential, purpose, passion, planning, and pursuit.
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