I saw a movie once in which the leading character kept saying, “When you stop learning, you’re dead!”. Now, that might be an extreme way of putting it, but there’s really some truth to it. I might rather say, “Life stops moving forward the minute I stop growing.” Obviously, I’m not talking about PHYSICAL growth here (I think I’ve done WAY enough of that!)…but rather PERSONAL growth…spiritual, emotional, relational…
So maybe you’ve already guessed that I just finished another book which I’d like to recommend to you. Yup. I have to say that this book is one of the most insightful and helpful books I’ve read in a good while. And it’s about…you guessed it….GROWING.
The book is called, “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” by Peter Scazzero. Peter is a pastor in New York City, and his basic premise is this…many people come to know the Lord and grow like crazy spiritually. But often times they neglect continuing to grow emotionally…creating people who can love God and minister to people and serve the church, all with some effectiveness…but never “grow up” in their own emotions. They continue to be plagued with anger issues, easily hurt feelings, selfish ambition, poor communication habits with family and loved ones…the list goes on and on. And so many times the older we get, the harder it is to admit to ourselves or to anyone else that there are unhealthy, immature thoughts and feelings going on inside us. The interesting thing is, other folks usually already know.
I’m going to go back and re-read this book slowly, letting God speak to me about areas where my flesh (emotional life) still needs a good upbringing. And I already know that there are plenty. Peter Scazzero does a great job of helping us to see where growth might be needed, and then gives lots of good, practical tools which can help us to get in position to be changed by God.
To be honest with you, I don’t know if I have 2 years or 40 years left on this earth. And neither do you. I want to make the most of the time I DO have left, and that means I need to continue to let God change me, grow me up, inside and out. I need all the tools God makes available, and as far as I can tell, this book is such a tool.