Today I want to talk about the importance of keeping good company with the Lord, particularly as it has to do with personal development. We can incorporate personal development into our view of discipleship. To be a disciple of Jesus means to be an apprentice or a student, and the expectation is that we make a choice every day to do our best to follow Christ and become like Him. This is demonstrated as we apply ourselves with a degree of effort to become the best version of ourselves.
This version of transformation is not something we’re called to do by duty, but it’s the best possible life we can live. I want to invite you to commit your life to being a person who constantly wants to grow. Growing is not something that happens by default. It’s easy to feel this way, that simply as you go through life, you’re going to grow. But very often, as we face challenges in life like hardships and betrayal, we feel wounded and unable to grow. This can lead to bitterness or unforgiveness. There are also life events which unfortunately, can cause us to stop flourishing and improving altogether.
Friend, I want to encourage you to commit to growth in your life every day; to build little things into the habit of your life, and to make sure that year after year, you’re making strides. Maybe slowly, but you’re growing spiritually. You can look back and say, “Yes! I’ve learned more. I’ve grown more. I’ve become more like Christ than I was a year ago.”