I remember a phrase my father, Pastor Randy, often says about church growth: a growing church is a messy church, because you have baby Christians. Babies always come with diapers.
It is difficult to remember now as I build businesses, work with various ministries, love my wife and children, that in many ways I am also still a baby.
As Christians, we believe that this life is a time of preparation for the next life. In thinking that, I realize that I will never truly graduate from the messy learning experience in this world I started 34 years or so ago as a single-cell organism.
If I remember my 9th grade biology class, an organism is alive if it grows, adapts to its environment, reproduces, and a couple of other items I forget now. The important thought is that if we are alive, we will constantly be growing, adapting, and learning to reproduce what we do and who we are.
“But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
This section from II Corinthians 3 reminds me that life in Christ will have many moments of growth. And, as a partaker in life on planet earth, growth can be difficult.
It can be committing to spend a period of time without a home while waiting on God’s guidance.
It can be the pain of overworking ourselves as my wife works on a Master’s Degree and I work to grow and build a business.
Growing can hurt.
Learning can be from mistakes, or from the stuff life throws at us.
I learn from the world around me, and I learn from studying how I spend my day and whether it was successful.
Often I write to achieve a goal: to tell people about a business, a product, or a service. I write to convince people to purchase something, or educate people. But, on days like today I write to learn, I write to understand why I am constantly learning from my business, from my children’s hard times falling asleep, from my wife’s moments where she feels I do not listen. I have to learn from these moments that frustrate me, because there is no other option to stay alive.
Organic growth is full of stops and starts. It is full of moments where I realize that I need to change the way I listen to my family. I can adapt my business tools, products and services constantly. I can listen to the feedback of my customers and change as needed.