The Cost of Growth
Growth can be a really terrifying thing, especially in your 20s. This is the time where you’re truly developing your sense of self and more than likely entering into a new phase of life.
After months of searching, crying, and being confused, I’m happy to say that I am about to enter into a new and exciting phase of life- full-time adulthood. Yep, you heard it! On Monday I’ll be starting my first big girl job! Not only did I find a job, but I found THE job. Never in a million years did I think that I would find a job in social media with a major brand right out of college, but somehow God saw fit that this was the right move.
Anyway, I am about to enter into a phase of life that I’ve never known before and my life is about to drastically change. As my mom says all the time these are all growing pains. Everyone at some point in time has gone through this same process, and I’ll have to adjust just like everyone else. But, for some reason or another, I couldn’t get the concept of growth off of my mind. I just feel so blessed and fortunate that I felt the need to share some of my thoughts on this. As I was thinking about the concept of growth, Luke 12:48 kept roaming through my mind: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (NIV). In other words, if God has given you all these great blessings, you will now be required to do more or even be more.
Today I want to focus on all of us being more. The quote above reads: “We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are”- Max DePree. I personally felt there was a connection between this quote and the bible verse from Luke 12:48. All of us have the potential to grow into the people God have called us to be, but we can’t do that if there is no effort of growth on our end. To whom much is given, much is required. If God keeps blessing us and showing us what our future could look like if we trust in him, then that means we are going to have to work from our end as well. I’m not saying I have it all together, because I still fall short, but I think it’s important to share this life lesson that I had to learn the hard way.
Growing into the person God has called you to be will cost you people, relationships, time, and even your comfort zone. This experience will be uncomfortable and at times it might even be painful, but I can promise you that there is no growth without sacrifice. There may be people in your life or relationships that you’re in that are not good for you. You may be on a path to growth and prosperity and people in your life are not supportive of you. These are the people who need to be cut off! You should never have to apologize for wanting more and wanting to be more. The people around you are just going to have to step up or step out. Period. These last four years have been full of painful realizations, but I too had to end many relationships because people were not on the same wavelength as me.
Our comfort zone is a safe space we tend to dwell in for longer than we should. It oftentimes causes us not to live life to the fullest of our potential. Over the last few years, I’ve pushed myself to take risks, and I had to learn to trust that God will be there to catch me when I fall. Has everything panned out the way I’ve wanted to? No. Does praying and trusting in God mean that you’ll get everything you ask for, exactly when you ask for it? No. It’s about learning to be patient, and allowing yourself to grow in the process. Oftentimes we are denied blessings because we have not grown into a person who is mature enough to receive that blessing.
I don’t know about you, but I want every single blessing that God has in store for me, but I know that I can’t receive it if I do not grow and mature. With me getting ready to enter into a new phase of my life, I want God to know how thankful I am for his many blessings. To show this gratitude, I am going to make an effort everyday to grow into the person that he’s called me to be. This means surrounding myself with people who may be walking a different path, but are going in the same direction as me. This means ridding myself of toxic relationships. This means showing God’s grace to people who I may not feel are deserving of it. This means constantly challenging myself and fearlessly accepting new responsibilities. This means showing some more love and grace to myself, and allowing myself to be the perfectly imperfect person that I am. This means living my life according to His will, and not the world’s or my own.
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