Charles F. Haanel begins his book, “The Master Key System” with these words, “Nature compels us all to move through life. We could not remain stationary however much we wished. Every right-thinking person wants not merely to move through life like a sound producing, perambulating plant, but to develop – to improve – and to continue the development mentally to the close of physical life.
This development can occur through the improvement of the quality of individual thought and the ideals, actions and conditions that arise as a consequence. Hence a study of the creative processes of thought and how to apply them is of supreme importance to each one of us.”
The call to continual growth is an inherent element within us, however many people make choices which stunt or even halt their ability to grow. Whether deliberately, or by ignorance and neglect allow their seed of life to fall on the hard path, rocky soil, or amongst all the weeds, rather than on good soil where it can produce an abundant harvest (Matthew 13).
Jesus set the example for us. We read in Luke 2:52, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.” He knew the importance and value of Proverbs 1:7 which tells us, “Moral reverence for Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and disciple.”
Growth comes when we are connected to God, the Source of all perfection. At the same time we must develop the disciplines that allow growth to take place. A long time friend and peer recently shared the following on Face Book, “I am taking a look at the impressive life and writings of Clarke Pinnock late of Regent College and McMaster University.
Of this significant theologian it was written In Christianity Today upon his passing… ‘he was reputed to study carefully, think precisely, argue forcefully, and shift his positions willingly if he discovered a more fruitful pathway of understanding.’
If that could be said of anyone in their pursuit of truth that would, I think, be sufficient!”
I am reminded of a thought from one of my mentors who suggested we consider whether we are building out years of experience, or simply spending an increasing number of years doing the same thing over and over, resulting in only one year of experience.
Determine to enhance your personal growth daily! Take action now!