This week has been the most effective week ever since I got back from being slacking for almost 3 months! I am glad that I got back on my feet a little bit though. If you’ve been reading my posts, it’s okay if you haven’t, you might kinda see what I meant. Some of the posts were in Vietnamese so it would be even more difficult for you to understand, my English readers. I’m thinking of expressing my thought in English from now on and maybe, occasionally, in Vietnamese when I’m in a mood for it. In that case you gotta use Google translator for it because I wouldn’t be able to translate it to its full meaning. That doesn’t mean that I endorse Google translator since all of you fully know its capacity. But I also know my own limit.
Having something to do is great! By doing some works, either minor or great, it gives you a sense purpose somehow. I thought life would only empower me when I’m doing great thing! But oh dear I was wrong, even just a little thing would do just fine.
Now, I have a schedule to follow.
Now, I can get up in the morning and getting ready to go outside.
Now, I won’t be idled around the house wanting to do something.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
I Corinthians 10:31
Let’s put aside all those positive notes and that sense of accomplishment, I would like to talk about the topic of growing up.
What does it mean to grow up?
The first thought about growing up would appear most with an idea of a new born baby to grow to a full size of an adult, that’s physical growth. In that sense, growing up mean you need to feed your body nutritional food in order to be fully developed.
The second thought might be about your mentality. You also need to learn new things and hard things in order to survive in this harsh society. That’s why there’s school and classes and the stress of passing grades.
The third thought, some might agree with this and some might not but I don’t want to ignore it, the thought of sexual maturity is also very important. Your body will speak to you in a very special way of attraction.
And the last but not least, spiritual grow is the most significant growth of a person. Everyday with all the distractions and all the temptations, you learn to grow spiritually in dependence with God. You learn to give up on your own strength and look up to God’s grace. I am growing up every single day learning to rest in His ultimate peace. This is one of my favorite verses of the Bible:
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.Psalm 27:4
When do we stop growing?
Of course you will stop growing up physically when you reach your prime age. So this prime age is very dependable on your living environment.
You won’t ever stop learning something new and I believe you will continue to learn after you graduate the school of life. You will keep on learning even when you’re in heaven or even hell. I don’t look at hell as a punishment but rather a place for you to continue to learn. I would love to talk more about this topic in the next posts to satisfy you, my curious readers, as well as my own soul.
You will eventually settle on your sexual attraction. You will find the love of your life and learn to love them more than yourself.
Just like your growth in knowledge, your spiritual growth will never cease to yearn for more of God’s love. This is the reason why I am always striving to the next day, learning to grow in Christ. Until I am with Him, nothing will ever satisfy my soul. Even when I am in hell, I will look up to Him who has shown me grace no matter what. If you happened to look somewhere else, I would suggest to find Christ where you’re at. He will meet you there and together, we will grow beautifully in Christ.
How can we keep growing?
To answer this, I want to share this story with you about the vine and the branches. If you are familiar with the story, it doesn’t hurt to hear it again. The story goes, Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. If we remain in Christ, and Christ in us, we will continue to grow. Just like our body, its source is from food, our soul, its source is from Christ.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:12-13