From the time we are conceived, we grow. Physical growth is automatic. You eat, and your stomach breaks the food down into nutrients that the body can use to build cells. If you are not starving, you are growing. The same cannot be said for the brain. The intellectual development of the brain does not happen automatically. The phrase “you are what you eat” can be taken for the brain as well. What do you consume for your brain? What type of information do you prefer?
In Romans 12:2, Paul teaches, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” You grow by transforming your mind, and the change takes place by testing what is good and acceptable and perfect.
John 15:16 says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit.” Jesus has chosen you to go and bear fruit. The fruit mentioned here represents your actions. Your actions are a result of what is present in your mind. In Matthew 12:34, Jesus says, “… how can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” What thoughts are abundant in your heart?
One more verse, Matthew 7:16 – 18, “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.” You will know if your mind has grown by your actions. If you are doing the same things you did last year or the year before, you bear the same fruit. How would you judge the quality of your fruit?
Are there any areas in your life where you are yet to plant the seeds? How do you plan to take care of the seedlings that grow? If you have depended on automatic growth, how has that approach gone for you? Did you know that only weeds and tares grow on their own more often than fruit trees?
Let’s look at 3 things that are stunted in one’s life when a growth mindset is not adopted.
For a plant to grow, it needs water, sunlight, and nutrients from the soil. If it lacks any one of these, your plant has not reached its full potential. The same applies to your life as well. If you are not finding high-quality information to feed your mind, then you are restricting your growth.
Matthew 6:22 says, “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.” Eyes are vital to allow information into our minds, mainly because our minds see things like pictures. It visualizes a description and creates an image in your mind and what you see you become.
“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever-increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 [AMPC]. By beholding the word of God, we become more in the image of God.
Matthew 11:15, Jesus speaking, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!” We use our ears to hear and process information. Jesus repeatedly used this phrase to remind us to pay attention to what we listen to and use our ears to grow.
A goldfish can grow up to 30 cm, but its growth is stunted, limited to the size of the tank. The smaller the tank, the greater the fish’s stress, which then determines its size. You change the fish to a bigger tank, and the fish grows. You are limiting your growth with the information you are providing your brain. How can you ensure the growth of your brain? What daily habits can you develop to aid the development of your mind?
A large tree with plenty of leaves and branches attracts other living organisms to come and be a part of its environment, whereas a tree with no leaves or fruits will stand alone. If you wonder how your influence should be, I want to draw your attention to the spies in Canaan. In Number 13:23, Moses records the fruits the spies brought from Canaan. “… they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them.” One cluster of grapes was carried by 2 grown men.
The grapes represent the fruit you could bear by growing your mind. The significance and the influence you will have with such fruits.
The coconut tree responds poorly to the seasons. Not all the old leaves fall, and the coconuts that did not develop fully into a fruit remain on the tree. As a result, one needs to climb onto the tree and clean the tree; otherwise, the fruit yield of the tree will decrease. In the same manner, If you have not prepared the soil of your mind, then you will lose out on the harvest. Your harvest will not meet your true potential.
In Jeremiah 17:7-8, we read, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Decide to grow in some ways every day. May your motto be to be better than yesterday. Earl Nightengale said, “If a person spends one hour a day on the same subject for 5 years, that person will be an expert on that subject.” What field interests you? Find podcasts, books, or videos on YouTube to learn from every day. By doing it each day, you prepare your mind and make yourself more valuable to the people you seek to serve.
Teach what you learn to others so that you can cement what you know. More importantly, look for applications that you can implement immediately in your life to be more fruitful. Growing is the only way to reach your true potential. What is holding you back? Let’s go, shall we?