Why its okay if you don't see spiritual growth in your life.
It's embarrassing I tell you. It really is.
I tried to fight it. I really did.
But I guess in the end, I just couldn't help it.
Less than 24hrs after I planted grass seeds on my dead lawn, I went outside to see if it was growing.
It gets worse.
One time, I stared at my biceps in the mirror for almost 20 minutes because I was trying to see the muscle I built when I randomly lifted dumbbells a day earlier.
Another time I called my buddy to ask how much endurance he thought I'd built by sprinting down my street twice.
Yes I'm the poster child for instant progress. Unfortunately this condition carries on to the spiritual.
For instance, last week I got depressed after reading the bible cause I didn't get anything out of it.
There was no divine revelation and the Spirit didn't split the clouds and descend into my living room to reveal a life changing compelling 'TRUTH' in what I was reading.
Nope. No such thing.
Just another boring quiet time. Like the time before that. And the time before that. And the time before that. And the time before that.
And you know what?
For the first time in maybe ever, I'm okay with having a boring QT.
You see, it's just like the grass I'm trying to grow. Of course there wasn't any grass out there the day after I planted the seeds. Or the day after. And the day after. And the one following.
Nothing. No grass. Not even a single blade.
But I kept watering and watering and what do you know, the other day I saw single tiny blades of shiny grass.
If I wasn't afraid of looking like a complete weirdo to my neighbors, I would have literally laid down and kissed that grass.
The best part of this was, it opened my eyes to the spiritual parallel of growth.
Just last night, right before I read my bible, I felt a little ting in my heart, a little excitement to get in the word and spend time with Jesus. It was like seeing that tiny blade of grass. FINALLY.
For the first time in a long while I actually hungered for the word of God. It was an incredible moment.
But getting there wasn't easy. I've had to walk down many trails of boring reads cause I didn't see any instant growth.
What I'm trying to say is, don't be discouraged if you're pressing in and you don't see any [instant] spiritual growth.
Take heart. Growth doesn't happen overnight. The key is to keep pressing.
Your marriage won't become 'super' after a month of counseling and that sin won't be a non issue after one week of fighting.
Your kids or husband won't stop being selfish after one conversation and you might not find love on your first date.
Your organization won't hit its peak at its launch and you won't pray like Elijah after listening to a talk about prayer.
I guess its just like with everything else [Working out. Growing. Learning music]. Growth takes time and you might not see progress for a long while.
But you keep pressing and watering and soon enough, you'll see that tiny blade of grass.
What area of your life frustrates you cause you see no instant growth?
On the flip side, is there an area you're finally starting to see 'tiny blades of grass' [growth] after pressing in for so long?
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