Maturity Isn’t Needing Less

Maturity Isn’t Needing Less

Thoughts
I've been wrong about a lot. I didn't think the Braves would ever win a World Series. I didn't think that skinny jeans would ever catch on. I thought that I would never want a Smartphone. I've definitely missed a LOT of marks. Of course, when it comes to the weightier matters of life, I've definitely been wrong. One of the areas where I have deceived myself has been in the area of maturity. I'm convinced that I have been wrong about Christian growth and maturity for many years. How so? When we're young, we're told that "growing up" is about doing things alone. Self-Sufficiency is the goal. You go to the bathroom "all by yourself."You tie your shoe "all by yourself."You shower, go to bed, and get up in…
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Struggling Side-by-Side

Struggling Side-by-Side

Thoughts
I don’t like to struggle. Not. At. All. Ask anyone who has ever seen me in a gym (There are very few who have!). If there’s a struggle bus, I’m the first to get off it! But struggle (or in New Testament language, “suffering”) is necessary for growth. It makes sense, right? No pain, no gain. You have to “feel the burn!” There’s supposed to be a “good kind of sore” when you workout. (I don’t know these things personally. It’s what I hear.) But in spiritual growth, why don’t we expect pain? Why don’t we expect to ache? Why don’t we expect the bumps and bruises of spiritual development? I mean, we may expect to experience struggle and suffering in life. We aren't surprised by the loss of a job…
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