As adults, when we talk about growth, it is much more personal,
internal, intimate than change. We hope that our children will
"grow" to adulthood. Not just physically, but emotionally and
spiritually, as well. We hope they have a sense of morality and
ethics and fair play. We, like our children, need to grow as we
get older. Throughout our journey, it is the mental, emotional and
spiritual growth we make that defines our lives, that improves our
lives. Growth affects almost every aspect of our lives. Our thinking,
our beliefs, our minds, our philosophy, our morals, values and
ethics, our politics. How we grow affects our relationships with
our family and children, our friends, our co-workers and our jobs.
It affects our very outlook and enjoyment of life, our heart and
our happiness. And it is ultimately our growth that affects our
relationship with God. As Paul wrote, "Rather speaking the truth
in love, we are to grow in every way into Him who is the head, into
--From the essay "Life is the Great Adventure."
by Earle Donelson, Ph.D.
the essay in its entirety.