The Christian journey is a beautiful paradox. We're told that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and yet we're also called to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. This intricate dance between self-acceptance and personal growth is foundational to a maturing faith. Let's explore how we can profoundly love who we are at this moment while simultaneously keeping our hearts open to God's refining touch.
1. You Are God's Masterpiece
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." – Psalm 139:14
Before diving into personal growth, understand this: God made you with intention. Every detail, every quirk, every strength, and even every weakness serves a purpose. Celebrate the intricate design that is you.
2. The Ongoing Process of Sanctification
"...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." – Philippians 1:6
While God made you perfectly, He's also in the continuous process of refining you. This sanctification is His promise, a work that will continue throughout our lives. Loving ourselves doesn't mean resisting this growth; it means cooperating with it.
3. Embrace Growth as an Act of Worship
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship." – Romans 12:1
Seeking personal growth isn't just about self-improvement. It's an act of worship. As we strive to grow in areas where we're weak, we're actively participating in God's grand vision for our lives.
4. Growth Isn't Admission of Inadequacy
Sometimes, the pursuit of growth can stem from feelings of inadequacy. But remember, striving to grow doesn't mean you're not enough. It means you're embracing the fullness of your potential in Christ.
5. Celebrate Milestones, Embrace the Journey
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." – Galatians 6:9
Every step forward, no matter how small, is a testament to God's work in your life. Celebrate the milestones, but also find joy in the journey. The path of growth, with its highs and lows, shapes your character.
6. Root Your Worth in Christ
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." – Romans 5:8
Your worth isn't based on how much you've grown or how perfect you are—it's based on Christ's love for you. As you journey through personal growth, ensure your foundation is in Jesus' unconditional love.
In the tender balance of loving oneself and pursuing growth, remember that you are journeying towards the best version of you—not because you are inadequate, but because you are destined for greatness in Christ. Love who you are while aiming for growth. Embrace the present, look forward to the future, and always root your identity in God's unchanging love. Loving who you are and who you're becoming is a radiant testament to God's transformative power at work within you.
Issata Oluwadare is a dynamic leader and innovative systems thinker with fifteen years of leadership experience in the private and non-profit sectors. She is also a content creator, four-time #1 best-selling author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, certified life coach & consultant for women in leadership and business, and the founder of The EZ Breezy Life. Issata is happily married with two children. Deeply rooted in Christ, she believes in transforming the lives of imperfect women through the grace of a perfect God. She is also the founder of The EZ Breezy Life, Manny's Village, and Issata O. Inc. Learn more about Issata O. by visiting www.issatao.com.