“I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I wish to be. I am not what I hope to be. Yet I can truly say I am not what I once was. By the grace of God, I am what I am.” John Newton
Have you every felt really discouraged at your character growth rate or maybe your skill level? I have found it is very common, really at every age, to feel this way from time to time. Sometimes it is because we have this pressing expectation of what we wished our lives would look like. With these high expectations, our hopes are crushed when our life path takes an unexpected (and sometimes unpleasant) turn. Something I go through frequently is an extreme disappointment with where I am spiritually. Oddly enough, this happens often at a time when I am really walking closely with the Lord! I will be shocked that this discontentment with where I am spiritually can sweep in with a sudden furry… even to the point of stealing my joy.
Finding Joy Where God has you
I have recently been through a very long season of what I described above and honestly, I find myself drifting back to that thought pattern more often than I’d like to admit! One thing God has really been teaching me is that HE will call me to deeper growth when HE is ready to bestow it! Notice the difference in focus? It is, and should be, all about God. He is honored when we are resting and peacefully abiding in Christ. I can rest secure where I am now in my spiritual walk and peacefully wait for God to lead me to the next step in my spiritual growth. As a millennial, I think this whole process of waiting on God can really seem odd. So is the idea of taking one step at a time
It is easy to forget that sanctification is a process.
God has plan for you right where you are. Thank Him for the ways He has transformed your life in the past. Trust Him with all your hopes and dreams for all you hope to do, to say, or become. Most importantly, actively trust and obey God as He gives you light for the next step, resting secure that He who called you, will also equip you in every good work. What a gracious and loving God we serve!💕
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” Romans 8:28-29
Soli Deo Gloria,🌷