I can remember when I was younger, my goal in life was to be taller than my dad. I used to think that my dad was the tallest person in the world. And like most children, I desired to be just like dad. I can remember going to my grandparents house in the summer with all of my cousins. My grandfather used to line us up against the wall and with a pencil, he would draw a line right about our heads onto the wall. We would stand back and see where the line was now compared to where the line was the last time we were measured. And always to my surprise, I was taller! I didnt think I was growing, I couldn’t tell at least. But a lot of times we dont understand how much we have grown until we get around people that havent seen us in a while. We are with ourselves all the time. And also, we are often our worst critics. So we dont often notice that we have grown.(or at least I am)
I had a major growth spurt my junior year of High School and I was loving life. I was expected to be tall, especially since I was one of the only blacks in a predominately hispanic school. lol But there were 3 things that happened to me during that growth spurt.
1. Hunger- I found myself always wanting to eat and always hungry. Thats necessary for growth. Not only physcial but also spiritual. The more we are for growth, the more God will fill us. The bible says that, blessed are those that hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.
2. Tired- I noticed that when I was growing a lot, I was always tired. I found myself sleeping more than normal. Now these are not good signs for parents to see. (always eating and tired) (sounds like symptoms for something else) But spiritually if we are to grow like God wants us to we must become tired of where we are at and desire for change and growth.
3. Stretching- This was something my coaches would always preach. “If you want to grow, you must constantly be stretching” And that’s what I would do. In the morning, afternoon, and in the evening, I would stretch. This would help your body to be prepared for growth. The same principle applies in the spirit. If we want to grow, we must be willing to be stretched.
I’m ready for another growth spurt.
-WORD ON THE STREET-