When you stop growing, you stop enjoying your coworkers and associates. In most cases it's another symptom of lack of growth, and it's directly linked to your lack of influence. When you're the "go-to" person, everyone seeks you out. They want your advice and expertise on a myriad of issues and concerns. But once you stop growing, the focus shifts to someone else. Personal growth keeps you focused on people, and keeps them focused on you. So what can you do to stay fresh? Start cross-pollinating. Bees spend their lives moving from flower to flower, carrying pollen from one source to another. And what's the result? Growth! Because bees continually spread pollen around the garden, more flowers start growing and it becomes a more beautiful environment. In life, cross-pollinating means identifying valuable information from multiple sources and spreading it in various ways to different people. So start looking for answers in unexpected places. Paul says we are to stir up the gift...which is in you' (2 Timothy 1:6), otherwise it'll lie dormant and you'll become bored. Dedicate some time every day to personal growth. Discover where you do your best thinking, and go there regularly. Get up earlier, use your lunch break, turn off the TV in the evening. The time and place don't matter—the important thing is that you stick to it. Eugene S. Wilson said, "Only the curious will learn, and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The Quest Quotient has always interested me more than the Intelligence Quotient." Often innate curiosity will tell you more than intelligence. The point is, you must be committed to personal growth in order to succeed.
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:2-3)
Right now, Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven! And someday He will come to take us to that place. How glorious will that day be when we behold with open face the beautiful majesty of our Lord!
Week #35 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 4-6
Monday: (History) 1 Chronicles 10-14
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 99-101
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 19
Thursday: (Prophecy) Hosea 1-7
Friday: (Gospels) John 7-9
Saturday: (Letters) 1 Timothy 4-6