May 4: Give Up to Grow Up
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When is the last time you took the opportunity to sit back and observe a child? Maybe you watched as she jumped into a large puddle of water, splashing it all over herself and giggling in delight. Or perhaps you observed the 100 percent contented look on his face as he fell asleep knowing he was safe and secure in your arms.
For many, childhood is a season of personal growth that is unrivaled in adulthood. We grow into a high level of self-sufficiency and personal motivation, but we do so in the safety and security of those who love and want the best for us.
But then something strange happens. The further we get into adulthood the more difficult it becomes to experience the the same level of growth that came more naturally in childhood. We may even think to ourselves, Why is this so difficult?
The Biblical answer, while true, grates against our very nature. The Scriptures invite us not to be self-sufficient, but to rest in Christ’s sufficiency. We’re invited to give up our own interests, and instead rest in the safety and security of the One who wants the very best for us.
READING & JOURNALING:
Personal growth happens when we rest in the safety and security of the One who loves and wants what’s best for us. Today, what is one thing that is most getting in the way of you experiencing personal growth?
Heavenly Father, thank You for the reminder that my spiritual and emotional growth hinges on me resting in You. Today, I choose to not only acknowledge Your presence, but to rest in it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Luke 9:10-62
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