I recently visited my mother’s house in Philadelphia and I couldn’t help but notice how beautifully the hedges had grown. They literally started as tiny shrubs, and now they stand nearly as tall as me. But you know, they didn’t grow over night. Over the years, my mom diligently trimmed, pruned, watered and manicured those hedges. She put in the work and trusted the growth process, as I’m sure she knew what these hedges would one day become.
But what if she hadn’t? What if she expected the hedges to grow just as quickly as her roses bloomed? Perhaps she would have over watered, trimmed prematurely, or even worse… destroyed the hedges before they were even given a chance to grow. Can you imagine how frustrating and disappointing that journey might have been?
Now I know I’ve been speaking about my mom’s hedges, but take a look at your life. How often do we rush our growth? We sometimes step in and try keep up with the pace of others, instead of trusting God to trim/prune/manicure us to perfection! (Preaching to myself). Instead of appreciating the “roses” in our lives, we too often get caught up comparing ourselves to how quickly they’ve bloomed.
Oh, but can I tell you… there is peace when you grow at your own pace!
There is truly something magnificent when we trust the growth process. I challenge you today… stop comparing and start celebrating what God has done for others. Trust God’s pace for your life, and allow him to perfect His work in you. Just imagine, how beautifully you’ll stand as you grow as God designed.
Say it with me:
“I am unique, my gifts and talents were tailor made just for me and the pace in which I perfect them is not a competition!”
His ways are perfect!
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