Monday, November 16, 2009

Growing Hurts

We want to be spiritually grown, but we don't like growing because growing hurts.

Growing can be painful. For example, some children have "growing pains" because of their rapid growth.

This can also be true spiritually. Specifically, God may stretch you by putting uncomfortable circumstances in your life. Why? He uses the hard times to stretch your faith, your patience, and your love. This stretching is what causes growth: "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all" (2 Corinthians 4:17).

In other words, God uses the difficult circumstances in your life to cause you to grow closer to Him. If you look back over your life, you'll probably notice that the times you grew the most spiritually were often the times that were the most difficult.

If, however, you fight against the hard circumstances in your life, then you will never fully grow up. So, instead of fighting against life, take the advice of James 1:2-4: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

Decide to press on and go through so that your faith may grow. Go through the hard times in life trusting God, and then you will grow to be "mature and complete, not lacking anything."


Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Great post and I love this song!!

Mimi Lenox said...

Please join us for The Queen's Meme on Tuesday. Hope to see you there! #14 ~ Do You Believe In Magic?

Mimi Queen of Memes

book*addict said...

Wow. Great post. I love encountering people who believe inn the same concepts as me. Great song BTW.

ShellSpann said...

Great gave me a lot to think about.


kys said...

Do you think that if you don't grow closer to him during your troubles, bigger troubles will come your way?

I puffy heart love Glee.

Life Laugh Latte said...

Great post, nice reminder.

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

Another wonderful post! Thank you :)

Kathryn said...

Wonderful post....and very well written! Of course, I adore never ceases to make me smile!