Hi everyone. Rob here.
As we know, the best people and the best organisations have a growth mentality. It’s not so much about getting bigger but about getting better. Take the All Blacks for example or the company Unilever or our local primary school just down the road. The opposite of a growth mentality is a deficit mentality. That’s all about what you don’t have or what you’ll never be or how things will never change. In your walk with God do you have a growth mentality or a deficit mentality? Do you live in self-condemnation or shame or a pervading sense of failure? Or do you feel loved, covered in grace, led by the Spirit, free to love others, free to try things?
A growth mentality takes an honest look under the hood and is willing to go there into the mess so that it can be cleaned up. A growth mentality takes a belief in the unconditional love and grace of the cross into the muck and mire of sin, of addiction, of unhealthy desires, of avoidance strategies, past abuse, of the sins done against us as well as by us. A growth mentality says that I have a unique contribution to make so I’m going to stay in the game and trust the coach’s plan. To grow is to tend the soil of our lives so that when God’s grace comes upon us, when we look to the light of his love, we grow and we can’t do otherwise.
Think back 10 years. What were you like? Just a kid? What were the immature places within you? What annoyed you about yourself? Where were you stuck? What’s changed? What’s gotten better?
If you have a growth mentality you can answer that question. If you have a deficit mentality you are probably threatened by that question. God is in the business of growing us all up and we are asked to trust him with that growth. In order to grow in faith and hope and love, means to trust God with our lives and give ourselves over to him every day so that his life, the life of the holy and glorious Trinity flows in and through us. The Father and the Son have made their home in us through the Holy Spirit and we can trust that God is always at work in our hearts and minds and souls.
Why not take a moment today to do two things. First, give thanks for your growth. Give thanks that you’re not the same person you were 5, 10, 15 years ago. Celebrate the fact that the Holy Spirit is shaping you every day and helping you to live as Jesus would live if he were you (thanks Dallas Willard!). Second, acknowledge that you still need to grow. Name some areas where you need God’s help. Think especially of the relationships in your life and where you would love to see more evidence of God’s love shining in and through you. Give yourself over to Jesus and the work of the Spirit as you commit this growth work to his loving hand.
We don’t always feel like we’re growing. You only find out when you stop and take a measurement. Then you realise that growth is always happening. Christ is always at work. My job and yours is to trust him.
Grace and peace.