A Piece on Spiritual GrowthWhen I was a little girl I was always the tallest in my Sunday school class. I had a good inch or too on both boys and girls alike and was very proud of it, almost as if it were a natural talent. I could literally 'look down on' all those who I did not like. I enjoyed this small advantage for some time, but at the age of eleven or twelve, things began to change.
I remained the same height, while all my other friends continued to grow. I had stopped growing. True, 5' 3" might seem tall for an eleven-year-old, but it's short for a full-grown girl.
To my youthful mind, this sudden change was a devastating tragedy. I had always thought I would be tall (I should have looked at both of my short parents and known that genetics were not in my favor!) I wasted much time lamenting my small physical stature before it hit me: I can't do anything to make myself grow physically, but I can do something about my spiritual growth. If I quit worrying about my physical height and started focusing on growing taller in terms of spiritual wisdom and good character, I could still be tall.
I've just been through a period of time during which I lost my true focus. My spiritual growth had become sadly stunted. I might have even been shrinking! I had experienced some hurt and instead of turning to God to establish my value I turned to other people and their opinions of me. I was focused on how I could control my life and future and I forgot I really don't have to. I can't control anything anyways!
The truth is, I am utterly helpless and powerless to control anything...so are you. Does that frighten you? It scares me too, but I know it shouldn't. Actually, it should be a comfort. We don't have to worry, because everything belongs to God. If you're a Christian, you should take comfort in the fact that you have an omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God on your side. On top of that, He loves you more than anyone on this earth could ever love you! He loves you with a perfect unconditional love. If you focus on Him and on your spiritual growth, everything else will be taken care of. Focus on following and glorifying God and He will grow you to new heights.
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.