This week I have been reading in Ephesians. What struck me in Ephesians 4:12 was that God wanted me to attain to mature womanhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that I may no longer be a child, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, I am to grow up in every way…..
What does that mean? What am I to do? I can’t do vague. So I decided to make a comparison like we were taught to do at school.
- Child: Spends all her pocket money on sweets and toys on the first day.
- Adult: Budgets money to pay for commitments and makes sure there is enough to last the month.
- Child: Gets distracted from tasks easily .
- Adult: Finishes tasks
- Child: Gets upset easily about small hurts and disappointments. Throws a tantrum if she doesn’t get her way.
- Adult: Moves beyond temporary feelings and impulses.
- Child: Assumes adults know everything and believes what she is told.
- Adult: Makes own decisions based on reason and research rather that the popular opinion of others.
- Child: Govered by the feeling of the moment.
- Adult: governed by values and understanding of the right thing to do.
I could probably add a lot to this list but just these five points make me realize yes, I haven’t grown up properly. I still do what I feel like and regard my hard earned money as mine to spend as I wish. I tried to remember how I justified my purchase of a tablet just because everybody else had one. Now its main purpose is as an alarm to wake me in the mornings.
So, I have a long way to go. Only with God’s help can I outgrow my childish tendencies and grow into the maturity he desires.
This post was inspired by sinply0shawna.
These words come from a Girl Guide/Girl Scout campfire song and is included in many campfire songs collections. I love the imagery of it. Of course, to have dreams bloom, they first need to be planted. It is three weeks to Spring here in South Africa and my first sweet-pea flower is about to bloom. However, If I hadn’t planted seeds three or four months ago, I would have no flowers for Spring.
I believe God gives us dreams, just like he made our unique personality and set our borders. However, just having a dream is not enough. although God does the growing, we have to do the planting. Dreams no more materialize overnight than flowers appear the day after we plant the seed. It takes time.
I would like to suggest the following as an aid to identifying your dreams and keeping them in God’s hands. Out of a piece of colored card or paper cut three seed shapes. On each write a dream that you secretly harbor. You don’t need to tell anybody about it except the Lord who knows anyway. Keep them in a safe place for at least a year. You could put them in your bible or in an envelope in a drawer. After a year check whether it is still your dream and whether anything has happened.
Of course it is possible to plant dream seeds that are not of God. In Ezekiel 14 certain elders of Israel came to consult the prophet but God revealed to him that “these men have taken idols into their hearts” and that he would answer them according to the multitude of their idols. Some dreams are not of God. After a year you might know yourself which dreams are not of God if you have been keeping close to Him. If not, a simple test is “Will it glorify God or glorify me?”
Planting seeds is not the end of the gardening. It is true that only God can cause the growth and the flowering, but there are things we have to do. We need to water the seeds or plant them in a place where they will be watered naturally. We can do this by immersing ourselves in the Word of God, noting His promises and trusting Him. Seeds also need sunshine and we can ensure this by walking in the light that God has revealed to us and making sure that our lives reflect His glory and are not riddled with sin. If we are led by the Spirit we will be in the light.
After a year, how about writing a comment about what has happened or writing your own post?
May all of your dreams bloom like Daisies in the sun!