Growing Pains

Recently I began an eight month study on the book of Romans. Fighting the thoughts that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew is a constant battle. But I was reminded that I’m not studying to know but to GROW! That changes everything.

My prayer is to be transformed through this study. I want to grow so when May rolls around I’m not the same person I was in September. Growing is the goal!

With that in mind, I’ve been searching Bible verses on transformation. Reminding myself of these truths has become an important part of my day.

Romans 12:2 NKJV

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Psalm 51:10 NKJV (and pretty much all of Psalm 51 if you want more)

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 139:23-24 NKJV

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.

I can’t grow if I don’t first take inventory on where I’m at today. It’s impossible to journey towards a destination without first recognizing your starting location. We can focus so intently on where we want to go, how we want to change…but FIRST do some self-evaluation. And you don’t have to stop there, ask your friends and family for a REAL evaluation and ultimately ask God to give you a clear image of  your personal reality.

ASK—How am I deceiving myself about my strengths and weaknesses? (Move beyond your desired image of yourself, and ask for a realistic image.)