I had a conversation with my daughter that went something like this.
ME: “Whose birthday is it next week?”
My Daughter: “Meeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!”
ME: “How old will you be next week? lets say it together.” (Swinging my arms like a classical music conductor to get us to synchronize our response).
My Daughter: “Threeeeeeeee!!!”, ME: “Fourrrrrrrrr!!!!!”
ME: “Oh O Alina, you will be four not three next week.”
My daughter paused, put her head down and began to sob seriously. Perplexed, I pulled her to my side and asked what was wrong. Her response was emphatic, as if she were making an emotional plea of desperation to correct my first statement.
“I don’t want to be four, I want to be three,” she said. I guess it is true what they say about women and their age but I digress.
What I realized from this episode is that sometimes it is so easy to accept our present state as permanent. We get so comfortable with where we are in life, business etc, that when pressed to stretch ourselves or grow, we throw fits like my little daughter did. The reality is that, growth like change is an essential part of life and the day we stop growing whether physically, mentally or spiritually, that is the day we start dying.
Ephesian 4:14-15 says “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”
God wants us to grow up in all things and we have to be willing to stretch ourselves and do whatever it takes to improve at whatever level we find ourselves. If you have a business, ministry or initiative, don’t be satisfied with were you are. Continue to press towards God and strive for a life that is constantly growing.
At every stage in life, let us bench mark our progress so that we can measure our growth because a life that is constantly growing, is also constantly very fruitful. Your level of responsibility will also increase as you grow but be assured that your maturity level will equip you to handle them. So be encouraged to take steps that would enhance growth in your life and when you do this, you would end up making a difference in your world. So you see, growing up is not so bad after all.