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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Expand (07/18/13)

TITLE: Growing Toward Where We Should Be
By Ernest Yoder
07/25/13


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Growing Toward Where We Should Be

So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel
Luke 1:80 (NKJV)

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Luke 2:52 (NKJV)

God has a goal for each of our lives. We start little and should grow into something bigger. Both John and Jesus share similar descriptions of how they grew.

We cannot say we start with little. As babies we may be little but what God has invested in each of us is much. Our potential is gained by our degree of willingness to follow the path He started us on. Both John and Jesus were willing to follow the divine path set out for them, John with human imperfection but Jesus perfectly so. These scriptures reveal just how engaged they were in their lifeís purposes from little up. They expanded their horizons and became what God wanted them to be.

Jesus didnít just grow toward where He should be. He fully reached His potential and grew to it. Even though He is God yet He willingly became a Man-Child in order to expand from comparatively little to the perfect full potential of His life. Even as a Child of twelve He was ďabout His Fatherís business.Ē (NKJV, Lu.2:49)

Making this personal, how am I doing in the lifeís work God has planned for me? To narrow it even further, am I expanding my knowledge and skills as a writer? Am I willing to tackle challenging subjects and invest the time to grow? How do I confront writerís block? Am I writing to glorify His Name and to encourage others? Lord Help me to expand from where I am today, if not to, at least toward where I should be tomorrow.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/26/13
This is an interesting devotion. Though the idea of expanding one's horizons is popular this week, I think using John and Jesus is a fresh way to illustrate your point. I was confused for just a second about how you say we start out little, then in the next line contradict it. After thinking about it, I did understand your point. The self-reflection at the end is great and are questions that most do need to ask from time to time. It can be so easy to get caught up with what we want. I also liked how you ended it with a earnest prayer too. Good job.
Brenda Rice 07/26/13
Very interesting use of the topic. Thanks for sharing.