Posted by: thebylog | September 15, 2004

Growth

Critique. Asking for help. Accountability.

They feel bad, awkward. They play with your pride. They make you feel small, make you want to rise up and say, “I can do it by myself,” or “My way is better.”

You look at a strong one, a seemingly perfect individual. You think, “Wow, that one never struggles, I wish I could be like him/her.” Really, what you’re saying is, “That one was born holy.”

It’s a common perception, and oh so human. It’s like looking at an NFL running back and thinking, “Wow, he is in such good shape, I wish I had his physique.” Really, what you’re saying is, “That one was born ripped.”

That way of thinking is wrong, though. If you see someone that seems to be all that (spiritually, physically), he/she is a) truly all that; or b) not as they appear. If it’s a), you can bet that a ton of work went into it, a ton of discomfort, a ton of honestness with themselves and others. They’ve done things that didn’t feel good, but in the end, when you look at them, all you see is where they’re at now, and it looks good.

The key is to refuse to shrink away from things that will improve you, no matter how painful or uncomfortable the process is. Because it matters a whole lot more (whether a Christian or an aspiring workout buff) where you are going than where you are at this moment in time.

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  1. Let me tell you, it’s is so awesome to learn that the flip sides of sorrow and suffering are grace and glory. “Count it all joy!”

    Merry

  2. That is an incredibly good thought. I really learned something from what you said, and just wanted to let you know!

  3. That is an incredibly good thought. I really learned something from what you said, and just wanted to let you know!

  4. Oh kids!

    Read 1 Peter! Read it over and over and over and over. It is so unbelievably RICH! It just explodes with the promises of God. Promises that I don’t think our feeble minds can completely grasp here on this earth. But we do well to try!

    Ag

  5. Let me just say that God just blows me away with His rich, valid input on whatever is occurring in our lives.

    Merry


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