“Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.” (Hebrews 6: 1-3)
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
While physical growth can be detected with scales and measuring sticks; I believe spiritual growth can be detected through being put in similar situations and reacting differently.
God is giving me a teachable spirit able to receive criticism and feedback, something I get nearly every day in the TV business. Generally, if nothing’s said you did your job but if a conversation is to be had, you did not meet the bar that day. So one day I found myself in the manager’s office with my tail in between my legs so to speak; I knew I didn’t have a good newscast. But thanks to being in similar scenarios two years ago at my first job I had a broader perspective and knew a mistake was not the end of the world. I had a sense of peace; situations that would have brought me to tears two years ago now don’t faze me as much.
And I think it’s so cool how God can use our growth to help others. The other day a coworker came to me in tears after what she thought was a bad show, having experienced similar situations I was able to comfort her and the amazing thing was I consider this person a nemesis of sorts. We’ve never gotten into any physical fights or dramatic arguments but we just never meshed well; like oil and water. Nonetheless I feel it was an opportunity for me to grow; build her up and not relish in her pain. In hindsight, I could see myself in her; where I was two years ago in my first job; trying to be an authoritative young person and not wear my emotions on my sleeve. I was grateful for the opportunity to help and hope my words made a difference.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3: 16