Stop Focusing on Growth

In January of 2017, I left Bayside College and began working with Generation Church in Jupiter, FL. Working in ministry has taught me not only about church, but also maintaining a healthy personal life and relationship with God. Do you find yourself over thinking just about everything… Listen up.

The Hamster

If you’re like me, that hamster wheel in your brain never stops spinning. That hamster seems to be running faster and faster as the day progresses. It is incredibly easy to over-analyze our lives, our decisions and our responses to people when we’re upset. We don’t want to miss something or set ourselves up for failure. It’s easy to justify some of those thoughts because they reflect maturity as believers; but is it healthy to over-analyze the supernatural?

Do you constantly ask yourself, “how is my relationship with God?” or “how is my relationship with God hindering spiritual growth?” These are not bad questions to ask. In fact, we should perform a self-evaluation every once in awhile by ourselves or better yet with a mentor. The Bible tells us to “make every effort to add to your faith” (1 Peter 1:5) and that “we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). However, if your answers to the above questions define your relationship with God, you ought to reevaluate. Yes, you should constantly be growing, but the more you focus on your growth itself, the more you limit yourself and your capacity.

Live in the relationship God

Imagine if for a week you stopped thinking about your relationship with God and started living in it. How would your daily reality change? Often times, we become so consumed with thinking about our relationship with God that we forget to engage in our relationship with God. Constant self-analyzing only distorts our reality and distracts from what God is doing in our lives today. Focusing on our growth may be an effective way to train ourselves to be self-aware, but we cannot live like this- we need to live like Jesus. “Let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:4).

Remain willing to learn, be obedient and know that God will bring you where you need to be in His timing. Be faithful, be bold and trust that you will grow as a result of your daily faithfulness to God. His perfect love has saved, redeemed, forgiven and empowered you to do all things!

In all your ways submit to him, and
Proverbs 3:6

Sydney Mitchell- Second Year Student

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