There is often quoted, “My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Then the insightful, “My Mama always said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.
I like Mrs. Gump’s observation, “You have to do the best with what God gave you.”
But then there is a poignant scene between Jenny and Forrest.
She asks, “What are you gonna be when you grow up?” and Forrest says, “Why can’t I be me?”
Dan Miller once wrote, “When you get to heaven God is not going to ask you why you weren’t more like Mother Teresa. He’s likely to ask you why you weren’t more like you. Your responsibility and source of real freedom and success is to discover who you are. Lead with your own unique talents and personality. Be authentically you and let God use you.”
God desires that we grow. In fact, commands that we grow just like a baby grows. He wants us to grow mentally. Emotionally. Relationally. Spiritually. (1 Pet. 2:2). Just like Jesus grew “in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and men” (LK. 2:52).
Here are seven questions to challenge and help you chart a course for growth.
#1 What is Your Attitude About Personal Growth?
How do you feel about personal growth? Do you feel any need for improvement? Do you feel moved to make any changes? In your personal life? Family life? Your career? You spiritual relationship with God?
Attitude is the key ingredient to success. If you believe you can grow, improve and do more, then you open the door of opportunity.
#2 What Priorities Will You Set?
You can’t do everything at once. Determine what is needed most. Decide where to start. Which area of your life needs the greatest improvement?
#3 What is Your Vision for the Future?
Learn to see your life as God sees it. Look into the mirror of His Word. Examine yourself. What do you be to be? What do you be doing in 5 years? 10yrs? 15 years? 20 years? 30 years?
#4 How Will You Begin?
What is your plan of action? What direction will your life take? What is your first step? It’s a personal decision. You must decide. And old Chinese proverb says “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” So does personal growth.
#5 Am I Learning to Be Resourceful?
Jesus’ Parable of the Unjust Steward is a great example of creative thinking. If you are not familiar with it, read it. (Lk 16:1-12). Essentially, the steward was being fired! Too proud to beg and unwilling to engage in manual labor, he made friends with his Master’s debtors, hoping they would hire him, by cancelling part of their debt! When the Master saw what he did, he commended him for being “shrewd.”
Now Jesus was not endorsing questionable business practices, but teaching a lesson on resourcefulness. Responding to a difficult challenge with a unique idea. Of being shrewd. In life not everything will go exactly as we plan, then what? How do we respond to challenges?
#6 Do I Accept Personal Responsibility?
God wants you to be the best you can be. Don’t excuse yourself because others do more. And don’t be content because you are doing more.
Remember God will judge each of us according to our own works. (2 Cor.5:10)
#7 Am I Committed Continual Growth?
There is no point where you can say I have done enough. Given enough. Or served enough. The Bible says “Be not weary in doing good” (Gal. 6:9) We are on a journey, not a destination.
What are you going to be when you “grow up”? God wants you to be you. He just wants you to be the very best you that you can be!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman