Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 15, 2017

Growing Abundantly

“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly..” II Thessalonians 1:3a (ESV)

If we think life is gonna stay the same then we are setting ourselves up for false expectations.  From the moment we breathed our first breath, we began to change and the evolving of us has never stopped. We crawled, walked, ran and leaped.  We spoke, read, wrote and sang.  And the cycle continues from sweet infant to beautiful woman.

So why do we resist glorious change?  Why do we welcome routineness and embrace familiar?  Don’t know about you but sameness offers ease for me.  I don’t have to navigate through or figure out anything, but no growth results from coasting. Sameness reeks of stagnant, still waters, unmoving to the rhythms of life.

We were created for transformation.  Despite our perceived joy often found in sameness, we truly long for the end result – radiating Jesus to our world – real beauty unfolding within us. Hugh steps outside the box of comfort invite the remaking of us.  Releasing undesirable traits unleashes the renewing of us. Quietness in God’s presence restructures us and deepens the well of new He so desires.  Challenges realign us and difficulties refine us.   All changes that birth incredible growth.

We can choose to relinquish change and remain the same, but we will never be fulfilled.  God’s growth plan looks different for every one of His children. He alone knows the best way to move us out of complacency to fruitfulness.  He orchestrates every growth spurt at the precise pivotal moment to maximize our potential.  Will it be uncomfortable?  Probably.  Will it stretch us?  I’m sure it will.  Will it be a learning experience?  Yes.  But we will never walk those paths alone.  God will be right by our side every step of the way.  He will instruct us, lead us, guide us, and cheer us on. And when the waves of fear overwhelm us, God will be our peace and calm.  He will be our reassuring presence.

Growing abundantly is where I want to be – clinging to His promises and obeying His word.  Won’t you join me on this journey?  I can promise you will never be disappointed with God’s transforming grace.

“Father, we settle too often for familiar – propel us out into the deep waves of change so that we can fulfill Your purposes.

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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