LIVE: Growing by the Spirit — Growing Pains Lead to Growing Gains

LIVE! … By the Spirit™ with Kathleen E. Walls

Growing Pains Lead to Growing Gains

© 2010 Dr. Kathleen E. Walls

April 22, 2010

As I struggled this week about what to write, I kept thinking about the theme of Growing By The Spirit. The word Growing kept ringing in my mind and I thought about the growth process that I have gone through as well as growth processes that I have witnessed in others.  I do a lot of work with Tweens (children between the ages of 8 and 12-years-old), where I talk with them about the changes they are going through and the “growing pains” that they may experience such as pains in their knees and feet, and pains stemming from changes in their relationships with family and friends.

They are beginning to learn about and experience themselves in a new way, and regardless of how many don’t want to hear about it and want the puberty/growing process to STOP, the changes keep happening.  Eventually, it becomes evident that “growing pains” are inevitable.  Growing pains are a part of life and happen in every aspect of our lives.  However, as we get older, we come to realize that through/after “growing pains” we experience “growing gains”.

As I reflected on my spiritual journey, I thought of times when I too didn’t want to hear certain things and I wanted the “spiritual growing pains” to stop.  During these times, I would have (and at times still have) what I refer to as “spiritual temper tantrums”.  You know those times when you want… what you want… when you want it… but no matter how hard you plead your case, justify that this outcome must come to pass at this particular time, and you top it off with your “gold medal pouting champion performance”.  Oooohhh, and don’t let Spirit lead you to say and/or do something that you don’t want to, don’t feel ready to do, or goes “against” what the “alleged real you” wants to do.  Next thing you know, the hands go up…the ears close …and that good ole “I’m not listening, I can’t hear you” comes out.  And if that weren’t enough, the battle really kicks in and I escalate to a full-blown “spiritual temper tantrum”, wherein…yes, it happens…I basically say…

“Talk to the hand cuz’ I am not trying to understand!”

By then I’m tired.  I have worn myself out!  And it is in that quiet moment, when my internal torrent has calmed that Spirit speaks.  The comfort of Spirit’s voice takes over and the understanding is given, and the breakthrough occurs.  I have moved from growing pains to growing gains”. I have gained a deeper understanding of how Spirit works in my life.  I have gained a deeper understanding of where I still need to “grow up”.  I have gained a deeper understanding of where I still need to be pruned.  I have gained a deeper understanding of patience, acceptance, and tolerance of self, which in turn teaches me to have the same for others.  Just as with the Tweens, I have gained a deeper understanding of myself; thus, providing me with an opportunity to experience others and myself in a new way.  I have gained a deeper understanding of myself versus the “alleged self”.  Overall, I have gained a deeper understanding of Unconditional Divine Love… a deeper understanding of Spirit.  The “growing pains led to growing gains” and Growth By the Spirit.

Take a moment and share a time when you have had a “spiritual temper tantrum” and how your growing pains have led to growing gains.  I look forward to hearing your story.

God Bless and Continue to Live By the Spirit.

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One Response

  1. After the Temper-tantrum has subsided: I’m reminded of how well God knows his children, and of his great Love for us.

    Lamentations 3:22-23 (New International Version)

    22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.

    23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness

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