Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all.”
(Gal. 4:1 KJV)
Prior to 2015, I had always wanted to live a balanced life. Balanced life in the strict sense of it – spiritually, mentally, financially, physically and socially balanced. The more I tried, the more my life is skewed or concentrated in some areas at the detriment of the others.
By 2015, I made a deliberate decision to personally grow and develop in every department of this beautiful life. I could remember setting some personal growth goals that seemed impossible to achieve but by the grace of God, I achieved all at record time. It has become a lifetime journey for me to intentionally grow; having learnt from Jack Canfield that personal development and growth is a never – ending journey.
Therefore, it’s one thing to grow in some areas and be deficient in other areas. That will not make you a balanced and rounded person. Another is growing and developing exponentially in every department of this life – that makes you balanced. No matter how a parent loves the babyhood stage of his or her child, would be happy if the child is not growing or developing based on natural progression. Neither would he or she rejoice over partial or lopsided growth.
God our Father wants us to grow toward maturity and thorough equipped unto every good work. You can’t effectively be used of God or step into your inheritance as a son or daughter still acting or thinking like a child. Paul said, “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.”
(1 Cor. 13:11 NLT)
Without gainsaying, self-discipline is the master key to living a balanced life. “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things…”
Also, The Preacher underscored the woe of indiscipline and the blessedness of discipline in Ecclesiastes 10: 16-18, “Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.”
Jim Rohn said, “ Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” It’s also the bridge between childhood and adulthood. I submit therefore, that growth is self-determined and self-executed. Howbeit, yielding to the Spirit of Grace empowers your decisions and actions.
It becomes important to note these fundamentals of growth that will help you in your transition from childhood to adulthood.
1. You must have a desire to grow.
2. You must be intentional about it.
3. You must be resilient and self-controlled.
4. Feed your spirit, mind and body with balanced diet. Mind what you eat or feed your spirit and mind. Eat right and balanced.
5. Begin to apply yourself. Practice makes for improvement!
6. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit by believing in the finished work of Christ. It’s the Spirit that works in the believers both to will and do of His good pleasures.
I see you growing unto maturity and exercising authority.
To your balanced adulthood,