Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Growing Pains

You know how your nose and ears never stop growing? You've seen the old men with humungous, hairy ears and noses. Doesn't seem to be as bad as old women, but still. Your body is never complete and is always changing. The same goes for your soul and it isn't always comfortable.

Last night at Bible study we were talking about growth and how God is always growing you. I asked if they thought when we got old if we would ever get to stop growing and just be the complete person we were meant to be. I mean growing is exhausting sometimes. Learning, making mistakes, creating room in your heart and life for more and more is not always easy and sometimes I wish I could just retire from it all.

But you can't. Even when you are old and gray, you'll learn new things. The time when everything will be complete won't be until we meet Jesus. Not until his mission is complete. As long as you are here on Earth, your character and soul will always be growing just like your nose and ears.

4 comments:

heidi said...

It IS exhausting!

Erin said...

It's tough to grow like that but I'm so thankful God made it so. How boring to have "finished" by age 40 or 70 or 15 when I thought I had it all figured out!

Jen said...

I know you didn't mean it this way at all Susan, but that kind of depressed me. Like you said it is exhausting and sometimes I just want to "be". I mean I don't want to stop growing as a human being and stop learning new things, but at the same time I want to be able to feel like I'm not always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Of course this could just be my anxiety talking.

anyway, thought provoking post. :)

Ally said...

The only thing that saddens me is Alzheimer's. It keeps us from growing mentally and sometimes hits us earlier than it should :(

Very nice post though. I'm sorry if I bummed everyone out :(