Have you ever thought about your Spiritual Growth?
What was your life like ten years ago? How about twenty years ago? Fifty years ago? What kind of person were you at that time? If you had to live those days again, would you make the same choices? What have you learned? How have you grown?
Personally, I was just finishing my seminary studies ten years ago, and I had no idea where I would be heading. I can think of so many mistakes that I was about to make. I experienced success and failure as well as joy and sorrow. Today, I have grown into a very different person, and the greatest lessons I’ve learned were not taught in school. I’ve had to learn these lessons in the moments of vulnerability, failure, and sometimes from the tragedies.
This week we are talking about spiritual growth at Community Lutheran, and I know there are times I don’t want to go through the real pain of growth… I want to jump straight to the “happily ever after” part. However, our scriptures teach us that each day we live is an opportunity to grow a little more, even if there is some pain involved...
We are not the same people we once were, and we will not be the same people a year from now. We will face joy and pain, but God goes with us through it all. Whatever happens, I hope we can experience vulnerability and failure and know that it is okay. We are not supposed to be perfect. We are to try and live with open hearts so that our spirit can learn to soar.