In my prayers the other night I found myself praying for growth versus change. I was able to witness a friend of mine in a capacity that I had not seen him in prior. I was proud and amazed at the grace in which he ministered. As I prayed, I envisioned him moving into a different role than his current one and said, "Lord, let him grow into that role but do let him change". He's humble, kind, unassuming and caring - all the things needed for the role I see him stepping into one day.
When I say I want to grow I mean the core, spiritual core, remains the same. I will not change that I am a Christian but I will grow as one. As I pray, meditate, and learn I want to grow in the faith not change it.
I need to stop saying and wishing people would change and just pray for their growth.
My little one is growing daily. I love watching her and finding out day by day who God made her to be. I love what I see. I don't want her to change but I do want her to grow, to mature.
She's funny, I don't want that to change.
She's smart I don't want that to change.
She's curious I don't want that to change.
Before this, I've often said that I wanted to see some things change in her: Come to me right when I ask her to. Stop whining. Use the potty. Now, I just want her to mature - grow to the point she realizes it is in her best interest to do these things.
Change can cause other things to be affected - the very essence of a person. I've seen many people go through something challenging or experience hardships and they change.
They were loving but now they are bitter.
They were giving but now they are selfish.
They were kind but now they have a hardened heart.
No, I don't want to change myself or others anymore. I just want us all to grow. To grow with Jesus' example leading and guiding every step of the way.
I want my spiritual core, foundation, to remain the same and as the Holy Spirit prompts me, I will grow taller in my faith.
No more change for me! Just steady and healthy growth toward becoming who God made me to be.
"but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." (2 Peter 3:18 NASB)
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