I think one of my favorite things about being a Christian is the fact that our growth never stops; we never stop realizing how great our God is or how much He loves us. Every trial in our life is just another example of His goodness and sovereign care in our life. Because with every trial He grows us more and more into who we should be.
I’ve been reading a book titled “Success God’s Way” by Charles Stanley for the past couple of weeks and I highly recommend it. It talks about creating goals for today, a couple of months into the future, and then finally your lifelong goals. And if you set these goals, keeping in mind what God would want for you, you will succeed. You might not succeed necessarily in those goals that you wrote down, but in the process of achieving those goals you will have grown and that is the real success. For example, I have a goal to pray and read my Bible every day. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen all the time, but because that goal is in my brain it motivates me to read and pray more consistently.
Something that I’ve found encouraging over the past couple of years has been writing down every time God has done something major in my life. If a trial of almost any kind comes into my life, I prayerfully write it down. I do this so that when the trial is over I can look back and see how much I have grown. Sally Clarkson writes in her book, “The Life-Giving Table”
“So we remember in order to hold on to our faith that sorrow will not have the last word, that a current season of darkness will not last forever.”
So we grow and grow with every decision we make. With every thought that we entertain we are molding our lives into what we will become. I think that’s a beautiful and scary thought. That everything we do, say, and think is molding us into the person that we will become. So let us follow 2 Corinthians 10:5 “…we take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
The beautiful part of this truth though is that with every action, thought, or decision we are becoming more like Christ. We can thank the Lord for His work in our lives because He is always working. He is transforming us little by little into the person that He desires us to be.
So keep working! Every little thought counts towards our ultimate goal. So “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” 1
I know for me looking back on my life can be incredibly encouraging. Seeing my growth and what He has taken me through. How can I not praise Him for His work in my life? Often times this work isn’t how I would have pictured it, but through His grace, He is working His transformative work in my life.