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You may not struggle to identify growth areas in your emotional and spiritual life. For some, you may be able to identify them relatively quickly. But when you think about these areas, you’re just not sure what to do about them. You’re focused on your spouse, friends, work, school, and a hundred other things each and every day. As such, you may think to yourself, “My tank is empty! I just don’t have the time or the energy to pour into these things right now.”
It’s a common thought, but it’s incorrect and unhealthy. Thoughts such as these assume that these growth areas won’t impact your life if you just leave them be. It’s believing the lie that if you just leave these growth areas alone they won’t interfere with the other more important areas of your life. But they will.
The truth is that growing in these areas will actually fill your tank and provide you more wisdom and strength to pour into your spouse, friends, work, school, and the hundred other things that are part of your daily life. You’ll likely find that by growing, you’ll be doing less but engaged in real life more.
READING & JOURNALING:
Why do you think people struggle so much to address their own personal growth areas?
Be honest: Do you struggle to address some of your own growth areas? Why do you think that is?
Heavenly Father, it’s so very easy for me to look at others and think about the areas in which they need to grow. But in my own life, I don’t always want to dig in. I’m afraid of what I may discover, and fear that I may find myself unworthy of your grace by what’s deep beneath the surface. Yet I know these fears do not come from You. They must not, because You have already deemed me worthy! May I rest in this truth today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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