By Rogers Wanambwa and Rudo Manyere.
In essence, the Merriam Webster dictionary has one of the definitions of growth as “progressive development.”
Now in order to attain progressive development, many things need to take place and also it certainly depends on which area(s) of your life that you desire to see this growth in.
Also, notice that growth goes hand in hand with increase. Let this be the first thing we talk about in this article as it is a perfect measure as to whether there’s growth in your life or not.
To increase means to multiply, to be fertile, or to produce more. And from this definition, we can relate growth with an existence of material or resources with which to carry out said growth in any area of life.
Obviously, for you to acquire these materials or resources you will need to invest in time, money and people all of which are resources to get what you want or will need to see growth.
No sustainable growth will arise out of thin air without an investment that will set you back in some way.
Another thing that you’ll notice that growth needs is the knowledge with which to carry out this production or consequently, sustained growth. This is because as the saying goes, “a fool and his money are soon parted.”
Let’s see what happens to those without the knowledge to use resources:
Luke 19: 11-27 TPT So He told them this story to change their perspective: “Once there was a wealthy prince who left his province to travel to a distant land, where he would be crowned king and then return. Before he departed he summoned his ten servants together and said, ‘I am entrusting each of you with fifty thousand dollars to trade with while I am away. Invest it and put the money to work until I return.’
“Some of his countrymen despised the prince and sent a delegation after him to declare before the royals, ‘We refuse to let this man rule over us! He will not be our king!’ “Nevertheless, he was crowned king and returned to his land.
Then he summoned his ten servants to see how much each one had earned and what their profits came to.
“The first one came forward and said, ‘Master, I took what you gave me and invested it, and it multiplied ten times.’ “ ‘Splendid! You have done well, my excellent servant. Because you have shown that you can be trusted in this small matter, I now grant you authority to rule over ten fortress cities.’
“The second came and said, ‘Master, what you left with me has multiplied five times.’ “His master said, ‘I also grant you authority in my kingdom over five fortress cities.’
“Another came before the king and said, ‘Master, here is the money you entrusted to me. I hid it for safekeeping. You see, I live in fear of you, for everyone knows you are a strict master and impossible to please. You push us for a high return on all that you own, and you always want to gain from someone else’s efforts.’ “The king said, ‘You wicked servant! I will judge you using your own words. If what you said about me is true, that I am a harsh man, pushing you for a high return and wanting gain from others’ efforts, why didn’t you at least put my money in the bank to earn some interest on what I entrusted to you?’ “The king said to his other servants, ‘Take the money he has and give it to the faithful servant who multiplied my money ten times over.’
“ ‘But master,’ the other servants objected, ‘why give it to him? He already has so much!’ “ ‘Yes,’ replied the king. ‘But to all who have been faithful, even more will be given them. And for the ones who have nothing, even the little they seem to have will be taken from them. Now, bring all those rebellious enemies of mine who rejected me as their king—bring them here before me and execute them!’ ”
Here Jesus tells his disciples, through a parable as was normally the case with Him, that those without financial knowledge will soon face ruin.
To relate all this to our topic, it is imperative that whichevergrowth you attain is usable in sustaining a more meaningful growth. Your aging should come with more wisdom and knowledge to deal with life and this comes from books, experience (street smartness), and things like that.
Your education should be geared to solving problems in your society so that you actually get employed, or start up businesses that will grow and employ others.
It simply isn’t enough to grow without a foundation and without a vision of where you are heading in life.
Whilst growth is defined as going hand in hand with increase, at times it brings decrease and requires letting go. I am always up to learn and unlearn. Learning new ways to grow and improve myself, and also unlearning patterns that have hindered my progress and maturity. Sometimes the type of growth that leads to growth is distancing yourself. Removing yourself from situations that no longer serve you.
This will lead to a decrease to stress, anxiety and coincidentally increase more time for you to keep progressing. Growth isn’t always comfortable, at times its painful, excruciatingly appalling and exhausting.
Growth sometimes means taking on less, knowing your limits and triggers. Acknowledging your mistakes and humbling yourself. Being humble does not always mean being less than but being humble takes you places.
“Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up.” ~ 1 Peter 5:6.
It comes with taking a look at the man on the mirror and making a change. It also helps you improve on qualities that will take you far. Growth helps you to be patient, to know and understand not everyone walks at your pace. To understand that not everything is personal, that at times people project. You learn growth is not measured by age but maturity and humility.
“Brethren, do not be children in your thinking, yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.” 1 Corinthians 14:20
It requires patience, reminding yourself that you are human and you will make mistakes. Accepting that you can also grow and learn from failure. Understanding that, this is your first time on earth and you are bound to make mistakes.
Maybe you are aiming for close to perfection, but that too might be the obstacle that has hindered and stunted your growth. One needs to have a sense of self, a vision of where they are going. You do not necessarily have to know how, but being willing to do everything with fear, shows progression than waiting for everything to make “sense” or feel familiar.
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