Recently in a spiritual direction meeting, my advisor told me that I was a “task” Christian…. somebody who is constantly looking for a project to accomplish or a challenge to overcome. So, I asked him, what is the other kind of Christian, then? His answer, ” someone who is content with the routine they have established”.
In my devotional reading, what I found an even better explanation of this dichotomy: growing and fixed. It explained it this way:
“A fixed mindset assumes that whatever we are — a certain composite of personality, intelligence, abilities–is a given…. A growth mindset, conversely, imagines that we are not static creatures. We can change, and we do. We flex and grow, fall back, or bounce forward.” From Good Enough by Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie
The Bible tells us that if we are in Christ, we will grow. In fact, in Christ, we have become a new creation! We may not be able to change on our own, but, as the apostle Paul says,
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
There’s an old adage that says, “if you’re not growing, you’re dying.” That seems to fit with Christ’s example of the vine and the branches.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. ” John 15:5-7
Things will change, and so will you. So, embrace the changes of life, knowing that in Christ, everything will ultimately work for your good.
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