Every single experience– the one you went through ten years ago, the one you went through a few months ago, the one you are currently traveling through and the ones you will go through in the future– all provide a foundation for growth.
Now here is what you need to know about growth, no matter who you are: It doesn’t always feel pleasant. Or comfortable. Or even look hopeful.
BUT, this is where you must take a step back and reflect on your own growth process- What has allowed for the most growth? The rain or the sunshine? What deepened your roots, challenged your weak places, and made you lean into the Father?
Friends, it is so tempting to only want sunshine. Or to desire a life that is filled with pleasure and provides a feed of bright and luxurious Instagram photos…but does a flower really bloom in those kinds of settings?
Wherever you are, you are growing. Whatever season you’re in, life is happening there. That is the beautiful thing about being anchored in the Greatest Hope– everything has purpose. He takes all of our experiences, decisions, failures and successes and molds us into this beautifully imperfect yet perfect creation.
When you’re in the sunshine, soak up every moment. And when the rain falls, remember it will subside and the sunshine will feel that much warmer. And when it seems to be a confusing mix of both the sunshine and the rain, you will understand even more that life is often that way–both so wonderful and so hard all the same.
The WHOLE point of this ENTIRE life is to look more like Him. So always remember, growth, in whatever form, is never in vain
“Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.” -Hebrews 6:1