We would all love to grow into beautiful women of God. We want to bear the fruits of the Spirit – to be gracious, kind, loving and faithful. But, those characteristics don’t just sprout overnight – they must be cultivated over time. The word cultivate itself means to develop.
“For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and biers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.” -Hebrews 6:7-8
That is not an easy thing to do. It takes dedication and patience to grow something, but it is especially difficult when it comes to working on yourself. Because it’s easier to sweep our faults under the rug than it is to face the tension head on.
I recently started a new job. And if you’ve ever started something new – a job, hobby, a family, etc… – then you know how difficult those first few months are as you adjust to this new thing in your life. But in order to move on and make something of it, you need to move pass the tension. You embrace the awkward and challenging moments. You need to be humble enough to admit when you’ve made a mistake or to ask for help. You need to recognize what you don’t know and to embrace what you excel at. But above all, you need to keep learning and growing. You start from the bottom – at the very beginning – and you do the hard work. All day, every day.
Cultivate your life, friend. Feed the Spirit with the Word of God and prayer daily. Face the tensions in your life. Work on your weakness. Prune the bad stuff. Water the good. Show up and do the hard work. That’s where beauty grows.