Slow and Steady Growth

As a Christian, it can be really easy to see our mentors, and be daunted by

their amazing relationship with God. While being face to face with the end

goal, it can be really easy to be discouraged. In just about everything I do,

I’m able to find a shortcut. Before I do a puzzle, I find the corner pieces

first, and then I sort the rest of the pieces into sections that I can easily

work on. If I can’t answer a question on an English assignment, I’ll look up

a Quizlet (yep, I’ll expose myself), and instead of writing out a citation in

MLA format for an essay by myself, I’ll plug the URL into a generator. A

tough lesson that God’s taught me is that I can’t use shortcuts with Him.


For so long, I thought of my time spent with God as boxes to be checked

off, in order to reach my end goal. I thought that being a mature Christian

meant reading a certain amount of the Bible each day, listening to a certain

amount of worship songs each day, and trying your hardest to be good. I

strived to gain God’s approval, and I wanted so desperately for Him to

speak to me and work through me so that I could be someone that

everyone could look up to, but my strife was taking me nowhere, and my

efforts were in vain. In my determination, I refused to surrender my heart,

and I refused to relinquish my control.


“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” -

James 4:10 NKJV


It is so very important to understand that God is not after your works. There

is nothing you have to offer that He needs. The thing to understand is that

you NEED Him. I encourage you to be vulnerable with your Father, the One

who knows your innermost being and holds your heart, because He is both

trustworthy, and so incredibly good. He desires an intimate relationship with

you, and as that relationship deepens and becomes more rich, maturity and

growth will come. Slowly at times, and more quickly in others. So, I finish by

encouraging you to live “rooted and built up in Him and established in the

faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” according

to Colossians 2:6-7, and encouraging you to delight in slow and steady

growth, abiding in Christ every step of the way.

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