Friday, September 30, 2011


"Let the wise listen and add to their learning."  Proverbs 1:5

Here are 3 reasons why growth should matter to you:

  • Gifting without growth produces ineffectiveness.  Albert Schweitzer said, "The secret of success is to go through life as a person who never gets used up."  But how do you do that?  The answer lies in how you approach talent.  If you draw on your talent but never sharpen it, you are headed for trouble because nobody's that talented.  But if you take the time to sharpen your axe, God can call on you at a moment's notice.
  • Growth prevents stagnation.  Do you feel stuck spiritually, relationally, career wise, or at home?  You will not get unstuck by making external changes, looking for a different job, leaving your family or changing churches.  The truth is, nobody's keeping down but yourself.  The lid on your life - is you!  In order to do more, you have got to grow more.  So, if you are serious about getting unstuck, stop looking for quick fixes, take a long hard look at your self, accept responsibility for what you see, pray, then commit yourself to doing something about it.
  • Continuous improvement guarantees success!  The Tartar tribes of central Asia used to pronounce a certain curse over their enemies.  They did not hurl words calling for their enemy's swords to rust or their people to die of disease.  No, they said, "May you stay in one place forever."  If you do not work on improving yourself everyday that could be your fate.  You will be stuck in the same place, doing the same things, hoping the same hopes, but never gaining new ground or developing spiritually.  So, commit yourself to growth!

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