Growing Spiritually?

I often wonder why I find myself where I am in life.  Did I arrive on purpose or by accident?  Or was it a series of good or bad mistakes?  There’s not much around me that resembles the dream I once had.  Maybe the dream was just a personal fantasy not born of God.  Maybe the dream was born of God and yet I wouldn’t get out of the boat to walk on the water.  Maybe the past poor decisions is keeping me holding onto the shore instead of launching out into the deep waters of His provision.

I know we all grow at different paces… kind of like cycling.  We all respond to God’s leadership in different ways.  I also realize that the older I get the less likely I am to take risks like I did when I was younger.  I don’t ever want to get to the place where I settle down in life just because others think that is what I should do.  I don’t want to settle because that’s what my circumstances dictate to me.  I may ride an older bicycle but I’m still pedaling.  I’m still going the distance.  I may not be getting there as fast… but I’m getting there.  The point is to not give up.  No matter where you find yourself keep striving for the goal.  We aren’t here specifically to please others or to impress them.  Keep reaching, learning, and growing in Jesus.  Keep your eyes fixed on God in Jesus.

“…the moment you realize that God’s purpose is to get you into the right relationship with Himself and then with others, He will reach to the very limits of the universe to help you take the right road.” Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, July 1.

“If you find yourself asking, “I wonder why I’m not growing spiritually with God?”— then ask yourself if you are paying your debts from God’s standpoint. Do now what you will have to do someday. Every moral question or call comes with an “ought” behind it— the knowledge of knowing what we ought to do.”  Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, July 1.

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