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Growth

April 18, 2006

A friend was telling me yesterday about how they just couldn’t go back to being their old self. That having come through some things they just couldn’t go back to being that old person. They had tried but they had to realize that wasn’t happening. Anybody ever felt that way?

I realized that if we don’t change we are not growing. Sometimes growth happens slowly. Sometimes reaching to where we want to be seems impossible.

If you have never seen the California Redwoods you should. In the picture there are some young redwoods (the green along the forest floor). How could they ever grow to the height of those giants. A lot of time, and the right conditions. Redwoods will grow lots of places. I took one home to Tennessee when I was 14. It grew for a while.

Sometimes growth happens suddenly. That kind of growth often causes concern for ourselves and sometimes others.

If you look back over the last year and you see change/growth, then I would say that’s a good thing. If you see none then it might be a problem. We are to be changing, we are being changed, into the likeness of Jesus. Its a more and more, day by day transformation.

But in the wrong conditions the heartiest of species will not grow. They may survive, but not grow. That is why we must have an environment suitable for ourselves and others to grow.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2006 1:34 pm

    Good point. And sometimes you cannot grow among “giants” you have to find an enviroment that will allow you to have nourishment, and it may not be in the same place that others have phenomonal growth.

    Oh and for your first question…yes!

  2. April 18, 2006 1:47 pm

    Growth is a funny thing. Sometimes it happens when you are under the gun and nothing seems to go right. Trials and tribulation everywhere and you grow through it and maybe because of it. Then at other times growth happens when things are peaceful, you are surrounded by love and encouragement. Somehow it seems to take both.

    The goal according to Jesus is called, “Blessed” in the Sermon on the Mount. A state of contentment that is not dependent upon outward circumstances.

    I am not there yet, but I don’t ever want to go back to where I was.

  3. April 18, 2006 8:42 pm

    I feel like a little twig in a big forest.

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