October 19

Written by Bill Grandi on October 19th, 2020

We live in an instant world.  Instant potatoes. Instant coffee. Microwave dinners. You get the picture. What we don’t have are instant gardens (although we do have chia pets) 🙂 , instant height, instant weight gain or loss, or (fill in the blank).  No, those take time. I used to hear people say, “Anything worth having is worth saving for.” Man, I wish I had followed that advice. I know an older couple who paid cash for everything. They didn’t even write checks! ‘Course that was back in the mid ’70s.

What great advice though to remember that good things are worth the wait. We tend to appreciate things more. Come to think of it, growing as a Christ-follower is like that. While we may get frustrated that we aren’t growing as we would like, growth happens over time. I’m always skeptical when someone comes to Christ and immediately wants public access. I’ve often thought that celebrities who come to Christ ought to be discipled first before leashed upon the world. How many do you or I know who weren’t ready for the backlash or scrutiny that came as a result of a public testimony?

Growth is not instantaneous. It takes time. Sowing. Cultivating. Watering. Fertilizing. I wish my growth could skyrocket, even now. But it never has and never will. Slowly. Somewhat methodically. But always at God’s timing. Then Psalm 1: 2-3 becomes a true picture of where I am and desire to be. “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither.”

“Father, it is frustrating sometimes that growth takes ‘steps.’ Sometimes slow; sometimes quick; but always incremental. Help me to be trusting so I can be like a tree planted by the water.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. I love your sense of humor Bill (“chia pets”). And you are so right about growth. I’m still waiting to gain inches above 5’2″. :0). Seriously though, you are so right. I do think the deeper we press in, the more we change and grow. At least this has been my case.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Can I use you as a reference about my sense of humor? There are some (Jo being one of them) who seriously question my sanity. But thanks. BTW: you and Jo are the same height. But i also agree with your comment about change and growth.

  2. Our growth as Christians is, most often, incremental, Bill, and I agree that persons who come to know Jesus must be discipled before spouting off too soon. They just lack the experience and knowledge that will come in time.
    BTW, finished Jesus Revolution, and it has truly opened doors in my faith walk. I’ll be reviewing it on my blog tomorrow! Thanks for loaning this tremendous read to me.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You are right about the experience and knowledge. I know some of that comes with time and learning so they need to have some study before. I’m glad you see it that way as well. And so glad you read JR. I used the one phrase in my “sermon” yesterday.