Progress Over Perfection
Updated: Apr 22, 2020
I’m so looking forward to progressive growth with God this year. Growth as a result of me conforming to His image and not my fleshly desires, so that I can reflect His glory.
I’m so grateful and touched that we’re encouraged to a life of progressive growth and not microwave perfection. i.e. 2019 may not be the year that it all comes together and makes sense. There's a process with God and it can’t be bypassed. Human perfection says, ‘if only I can go to the gym more and have a better shape then I’ll be perfect there’, or ‘if only I can have a blowing business and make more money, I’ll be perfect and have a good life’, and so many other things. We might not say these things aloud, but our actions are a sign of these beliefs in our hearts.
Not bad goals or desires, but the way they can become weights to us is not healthy or what Father intends for us. I’m so eager to learn more and explore God more. Just to gaze at Him and to know Him more, as I truly believe that’s where His glory is revealed. This passage below has so blessed my heart and I pray it blesses you too. I pray that 2019 will be the year we become even greater lovers of Jesus. Beholding His beauty, being loving and becoming one with Him daily.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“...whenever a person turns [in repentance and faith] to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty [emancipation from bondage, true freedom]. And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.” - 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
When it comes to your goals and working on building yourself, your brand and your wardrobe, please allow yourself to be a beginner. You don't have to microwave your results. Remember that no one starts off being excellent, but steady growth is better than no growth at all.
Here’s a story that really encourages me! It’s just brilliant;
The Chinese Bamboo Tree
‘Like any plant, growth of the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires nurturing – water, fertile soil, sunshine. In its first year, we see no visible signs of activity. In the second year, again, no growth above the soil. The third, the fourth, still nothing. Our patience is tested and we begin to wonder if our efforts (caring, water, etc.) will ever be rewarded.
And finally in the fifth year – behold, a miracle! We experience growth. And what growth it is! The Chinese Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet in just six weeks!
But let’s be serious, does the Chinese Bamboo Tree really grow 80 feet in six weeks? Did the Chinese Bamboo Tree lie dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth? Or, was the little tree growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond?
The answer is, of course, obvious. Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation it could not have sustained its life as it grew. The same principle is true for people. People, who patiently toil towards worthwhile dreams and goals, building strong character while overcoming adversity and challenge, grow the strong internal foundation to handle success, while get-rich- quickers and lottery winners usually are unable to sustain unearned sudden wealth.’
Steady growth is still relevant - not just referring to money. So don’t be afraid to pace yourself. Hidden seasons are beautiful and truly build you up. As long as you’re moving forward, you’re doing just that...Moving!