I originally posted this on my Instagram, but I got such good feedback on it, I thought I’d share it again here on my blog too. I hope you enjoy!
You never really stop growing once you’ve hit a certain age - at least I don’t think that’s the case for a majority of us. We all have something we’re in the process of learning & becoming.
Sometimes the growth is gradual & barely noticeable until a substantial amount of time has passed. Taking place when seemingly insignificant & benign choices add up into something new.
Sometimes the growth is sudden & seems to come out of nowhere. Brought on by new opportunities or circumstances that require you to go out of your comfort zone in record breaking speed in order to avoid a stand still.
And sometimes the growth is induced by you (or even loved ones). After a night, an afternoon, or even morning reflection of where you were, where you are, and where you want to go - you realize if you’re ever going to get to where you’re heart really wants to be, you’re going to have to grow. And this time it has to be with intent.
The last one for me, can be the hardest. Just being willing to entertain the possibility of “more than just this” in a way that doesn’t make me appreciate where I am any less, but giving myself permission to want something else is a process of going out of my comfort zone in and of itself. Having those hard conversations that have you feeling vulnerable - leaving you in the position to be hurt. Saying goodbye to those in your life who, although feel comfortable in their familiarity, never really care about you to help you truly move forward. Leaving your home to venture into the unknown where it could be worse than where you left. All of those things are possibilities. But they are not all finalities.
All those things I mentioned can sometimes leave you feeling more battered & weaker than ever before. I know this first hand. But let me tell you something - once you’re just strong enough to pick yourself up again, you realize you now have room for the good that could never fit into your life before. Now I can’t say the good stuff will come rushing in right away. Sometime it could. But other times it’s more of a slow & steady stream. As you build your new strength from working through the growing pains, you’re then able to carry the new load & even have the strength to dream bigger & more often.
Growing isn’t easy. Growing isn’t painless. But if you have the right heart & attitude for it when it inevitably comes, & when you see how far you’ve come - you’ll realize it was worth it.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 NIV