I believe God has given each of us whatever we need to grow up into maturity in order to flourish. Often the challenge is to discern and determine what tends to get in the way.
I heard a quote once, but cannot remember where. The statement was, “Every once in a while you do something good. In that moment you catch a glimpse of the person you were made to be.”
How would you describe the kind of person you want to be five, ten, twenty years from now? What kind of life would you like to live? Can you share an experience from childhood when you felt inspired and encouraged as you discovered who you were?
I remember being asked to speak as a senior high school student athlete to a middle school awards banquet. While I was nervous at not having spoken in public much before (besides in classes), I prepared and delivered a short talk aimed at challenging the young men and women in the audience to be and do their best. It was received well and I was affirmed by parents, teachers, coaches, and a few athletes. It was an illuminating moment when I discovered I enjoyed adding value to others.
As you look back on your life, what moments or activities have you participated in where you felt “alive?” What was it about the experience(s) that caused you to feel you were at your best? Try answering this statement: I am really alive when…
By contrast, think about those moments or activities where you do not feel you are in your sweet spot. What was it that pulled you away from being your “best” in the moment? Try answering this statement: I am less alive when…
Read Galatians 5:16-26.
Paul, the first century witness of Jesus’ resurrection and apostle (messenger) to the followers of the One True God, wrote this letter to the church in Galatia.
He contrasts behaviors, actions, and activities that contribute to and cause people to feel “more” or “less” alive. On your journey to becoming the best version of you, there are choices you will to make. Paul says there are two lists to acknowledge. The first list describes the sinful nature. The second list describes the fruit of the Spirit of God. Print out the passage and circle the words from the first list that you tend to struggle with. Then circle the words in the second list that comes more naturally to you, or is more prevalent right now.
When or where have you experienced one of these “more alive” or “less alive” characteristics in your life?
Galatians 5:22-23 describes qualities and characteristics that should define us as growing followers of King Jesus. Did your parents every mention the GIGO principle? Garbage in, garbage out. Another statement I made to my kids was, “What you feed, grows.
Spend some time over the next few days reflecting on the words you circled. Pray and ask God to help you in your commitment to grow and be a better version of yourself.
Think theologically. God has given you what it takes to grow. Find out what gets in the way and stop it from being an obstacle to you. Live by the Spirit of God and be fruitful.
Love is a verb,
©2019 by Mike Olejarz