How’s your stretching today?
If you’re growing, you’re going to be stretching.
If you’re learning, you’re going to be expanding.
If you’re progressing, you’re going to be changing.
You can never become without growth.
You can never advance without change.
You can never develop without pruning.
When a seed bursts into a plant, the seed pod breaks.
When the sprout grows, it has to break through the ground.
When the stems reach for the sky, they have to stretch and move.
And if the tree is to one day flourish and bear abundant fruit, it has to be pruned.
Growing is never easy, and sometimes, it’s definitely not fun.
But if we are to be what we are called to be, we must embrace it.
We must look for opportunities to learn, to progress, to change.
If we are to succeed, we must learn to love the stretch.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do,forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.Philippians 3:12-14
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.1 Corinthians 9:24-27