Growth

I’m currently re-reading You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream by Holley Gerth. It’s a wonderful book about how God gives everyone on earth a purpose and dream(s) for their life that glorify Him. It also discusses how working towards dreams that God has placed in your heart can bring more joy, purpose, and connection with the One who gave them to you.

One concept in the book that really struck me was about growth during the journey to achieving dream. The author, Holley Gerth, shared this quote by William Butler Yeats.

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.”
— William Butler Yeats

Yeats Quote

When we have a goal in mind, it’s incredibly easy to focus on the end result, but often the growth that happens during the process of achieving something brings happiness in and of itself. This reminds me to celebrate and take in the joy of life along the way to my dreams. It also reminds me to reflect on how far I’ve come since I’ve started and how God has worked in me.

I really loved what Holley said at the end of the section on growth and celebrating it:

“…let prayer be like stones you place in the path along the way to remind you of where you’ve been, where you’re going, and who is walking with you.”

What do you think about growth? Do you believe it what brings happiness, and do you remember to celebrate how far you’ve come along the journey to achieving your dreams?

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  1. 😊😊😊 book writing 😍

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  2. I really enjoy the concept that “nothing is permanent but change.” Meaning we are constantly growing into different versions of ourselves. I try to remember that no matter where I am on my path, or whatever direction I am growing towards, it is all part of a process to glorify God. I think growing is important but also being happy with where you are is important too.

    1. Truth! I love how you said whatever direction you’re going towards, it’s all part of a process to glorify God. Isn’t it amazing to think about that? How things come together under His plan always blows my mind, and then I think… how many things has He not allowed to happen for my good? It’s cool/crazy/amazing! I totally agree that being happy with here and now is super important!

  3. I remember to celebrate the journey as I am complaining about the journey, not going to lie. I am a perfectionist and it is very hard for me not to question everything that I do while I am working towards something…but as I am beating myself up for whatever it is, I try to turn that thought into something positive. Does that count?! Haha

    1. Haha, I love it! And I feel you on the perfectionism. I am the same way with beating myself up and questioning every. single. decision. I. make. … it’s crazy! I love that you turn those thoughts into something positive. That is something I need to do more often!

  4. YES! The journey is too often hazed and forgotten, yet it’s all we have! The journey is the most important part as it’s all about living in the moment while working towards the bigger picture.

  5. I love that quote about happiness!

    It’s so true– we often get caught up in believing that we will be happy when we reach a certain point in life or obtain a certain status, but I really am starting to believe that happiness begins with perspective. When I find myself looking at all of the blessings I have in my life and appreciating them for what they are NOW, I’m so much more filled with joy. When I focus on what I picture my life looking like in a couple years and yearning for that, I find myself discontent and longing for change, while also not appreciating the “growing period” I’m in now.

    Great post topic 🙂

    1. You are so right. It’s super easy to think “I’ll be happy when X happens” but we can be happy right now! Because really, we’re living in the dreams of yesterday. We’re living in the “when X happens” of last year or last month, etc. It’s weird to think about but important! I love that you appreciate the here and now and find joy in that!

  6. Sooooooo, I think I need to order this book for Nate! 🙂 Is it geared for women, or can either gender enjoy it? He is at SUCH a crossroads right now, trying to determine what he should do once he’s retired (as it looks like the State will retire him and then he can work in a limited capacity). He’s really overwhelmed that he has to ‘start over’… And I think this would remind him that God has a plan for his life, even now when nothing seems to make sense. 🙂

    1. It is geared for women, but maybe he would like it?! It was honestly such a good book. I don’t read a lot of books more than once, but this is one I’ll probably read over and over again!

      I am so sorry the state is retiring him. Ugh. I can’t imagine how he’s feeling about having to start over career-wise. You are so smart to remind him that God has an amazing plan for his life. I couldn’t agree more!! Nate is one special guy, and I know God will use him in wonderful ways. I’ll be praying about this for sure 🙂

  7. Love the part of the quote “…We are happy when we are growing.” In my experience this is so incredibly true. I think that when we are growing and growing towards the direction of our dreams, then all seems right, and calm, and the world is ok. Over the past year I’ve really been working to not be so hard on myself and accept that growth is a journey and that while I still have a ways to go before I reach my dream, I have come light years from where I have been. I think it’s perspective.

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