Remember to look back how far you have come. Were you the same person a year ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago? Whether you grew in inches, feet, ounces, or yards, you still grew. Whether it was a new career, going back to school, overcoming addictions, finding love, taking ownership of your life, it’s all growth. It can be as simple as the daily decision to wake up earlier, to have your morning quiet time with God, eating veggies over that piece of pizza, making time to spend quality time with your family and friends, etc.
In my own life, though I am not in the dream job I want, God has humbled me by teaching me patience.
Don’t believe me? I asked my mom how I grew or if I grew in the pass two years. She stated: “You are growing. You are getting more patience. You accept certain situations and keep moving. You are getting a little bit better at getting criticism.”
The humbling moments are always hard at the moment. For me, I am in the humbling stage of growing in my legal career. Though, I am not where I want to be, God has grown me. I started to see that I was not the same after a year or two. Life is a daily, evolving metamorphosis. It takes a daily decision to grow. It’s daily steps of progress. You may not see all you do until later.
When a gardener plants seeds, it does not turn into a flower immediately. You take care of the plants. You keep at the commitment to make sure your plants grow by life-nourishing soil, providing water, making sure the temperature is right, kicking out pests and weeds, and giving light. You may get a little a day but it will pay off.
Then in time the plant yields more and you see you were growing all along.