Growth Over Time

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I have always been very frustrated that I was not doing great things at 23. Like I was suppose to be full of wisdom, leadership, and learning. Instead I feel like I am stuck in a place of patience and learning and not doing a “great thing” that was until I read this: “Seeing Growth as a process of letting God complete what was begun by God.” -eugene peterson

I started to realize that if I was there, if I was completed by God today, I would have nothing to look forward to in the future. If this was it, if this was the “best” I was going to be, the next 50 years of my life would be pretty unexciting. I am now okay not being who I want to be as a leader or doing things that I wish I could do. Instead I am being shaped by God to grow into who He was created me to be.

Why is right now more appealing then the future?


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Kyle Reed is a connector looking to connect with others. A 20 Something that is blogging his way through life and looking to connect through community. Also a team member of the 8BIT Network and brand evangelist. Find me on twitter: @kylelreed, lets chat.
  • Tom

    Because now is certain, the future isn't; because we're impatient, and now is easy.

    • @kylelreed

      Do you think everyone is impatient?
      And yes, the now is easy at times because it is predictable which in turn makes it miserable.

  • Jeremy Wheeler

    I struggled with this for years, and still have to keep things in perspective. The problem comes down to one of comparison. If SuperStar Christian A can run a church in the 1000s before 30, why couldn't I? I'm just as good musically as SuperStar Christian B, why can't i catch a break? etc… Gal 6 warns against this very thing…

    But, the other thing I realized is that I have to be faithful in the small things and accept His righteousness and transformation that he has for me at his pace. It's not always easy, but it's keeps us moving forward.

    • @kylelreed

      Jeremy, right there with you. I feel like that at 23, so in so is doing this what is my problem?
      This guy has this going I am better then him, what is my problem.
      Comparison games kills our spirit, at least it kills me.

  • Zac Cross

    I heard an awesome quote, I can't even remember where I saw it, but it was something a best man said at a wedding. “May this be the worst day of your marriage.” The idea is that a marriage instead of the typical 'all down hill after marriage' cliché, that instead your marriage would get better and better.

    That is sort of like what you are saying. Why am I not doing what I feel God has called me to do right this second. Because hopefully today is the furthest you'll be from the ultimate place God called you. That doesn't mean you can't already be doing what he called you to do, it just means that his plans for you include way more than you can imagine at this moment! (OK this was a stretch, but it was what I immediately thought of when I saw your question rather than what you actually wrote).

    I wish things would speed up, and I would be where I feel called, doing anything other than what I am doing. Sadly, patience as well as trust in the future is something that I have yet to master.

    • @kylelreed

      Poor goodness right there with that comment.
      Right on Zac.
      I am with you on wanting things to speed up, but it is in the journey that we discover our calling and gifts.
      Love that quote btw.