What does it mean to be COMPLETE?
Most people would agree with the idea that all growth is a process, particularly when it comes to spiritual and emotional growth. Most of us do not wake up one day magically and radically different from the day before. It takes time, patience and perseverance to become who we long and desire to be and with that being said, there is no guarantee of growth.
One day I was reading my bible and opened to a very familiar passage and was struck in a new way by James 1:2-4. My heart was awakened by the idea that all of the trials and junk in my life was being used by God to make me whole or, Mature and Complete, lacking nothing. It was the realization that not only that God loves me, but that He loves me enough to allow me to go through crappy things to become the person He created me to be.
The Premise of what I write about is simple…
- How to face “trials of many kinds” with joy and faith.
- To let perseverance finish it’s work in me so that…
- I might become mature and complete, lacking nothing.
So how does this process work? Well, to be honest I am still and will most-likely always, be learning how it works. For the purposes of writing and sharing with others the process looks like this…
- Realization: This is accepting circumstances. Accepting pain and disappointments and allowing joy to assist me through them.
- Refinement: This is the work of sanctification (being made holy as He is holy). This is the part of the process by which trials are turned into maturity and wholeness through faith.
- Result: The outcome of a life of faith and hope resulting in being made complete and mature. Although perfection is not attainable, wholeness and growth are.
The questions that I will continue to ask myself and those of you who join me on this journey is… What circumstance(s) is God currently using (not causing) in my life in order to refine me and make me complete?