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Ready, Set, Grow

I was listening to a video by John Maxwell titled, Ready, Set, Grow. He was talking about growing spiritually. 

He was speaking from Christ Fellowship Church. I don't know where that is located, but it was another great message by Maxwell. He's one of God's messengers I can listen to everyday. He interesting and he tells good stories. In the video he referenced two scriptures, Ephesians 4:15, "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ" and Luke 2:52, "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." Maxwell said God wants us to grow up and tell the truth in love. The following are my notes about the 8 guidelines of growth he talked about in his message:
  1. Be intentional. Do things on purpose, not by accident, and focus focus focus. We have to really want to grow and be willing to do what it takes. How bad do we want it?
  2. Choose areas of growth. It's impossible to grow in every area, so we should zoom in and concentrate on one (or two) major areas then move out from there. 
  3. Create a growth environment. This means being around positive people, especially other Christians. This can be our inner circle, as well as, our associations. Birds of a feather...right.
  4. Allow failure to be our friend. When we try new things, more times than not, we're going to fail before we succeed. Embrace it -- expect it and accept it. 
  5. Value today and visualize tomorrow. Respect where we see ourselves right now, see our future and the vision God has for us. We have to really know what God has for us and that requires praying and conscious thinking. 
  6. Develop systems and methods that will help us grow. For me this is about daily routines and practices. 
  7. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. Growth comes with doing new things constantly and going out of our comfort zone.
  8. Be a river, not a reservoir. God will give us what He knows will flow through us. 

So there you go. I hope this helped you in some way as a reminder that God still has great things for us. We just have to be willing to put our faith and elbow grease behind it. 
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