“Every one, though born of God in an instant, yet undoubtedly grows by slow degrees.”
This time of year, it seems like we are surrounded by milestones to celebrate. One more year of school is coming to an end—they’re growing up so fast. Yes, I know, it’s trite but it’s true. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day remind us to celebrate with new moms and dads, even as we remember the ones we won’t see this year. One more summer means, in Beaufort, one more hurricane season…remembering past storms while hoping for the best for us this year. And it’s time for Annual Conference, a United Methodist milestone. Eric and I have an anniversary of sorts coming up in a few weeks…one terrific year here at Ann Street, and many more to come, God and the bishop willing.
Life does seem to just go right on…and then we remember the Old Homes Tour, and how we also celebrate our heritage in these milestones. As we get older, our roots grow deeper…by slow degrees, we grow, as children and parents, as Christians, as people.
As the milestones pass so quickly, it’s important for us to remember that the changes that seem to come so fast are necessary for growth…just like a careful pruning encourages a tree to grow, the changes that go on around us encourage us to grow in our faith and in love for God and one another. So let us try to see these milestones and changes as chances: chances to grow closer to Christ and one another…by slow degrees, becoming the people God has called us to be.
Life is unpredictable, change is inevitable, and growth is optional. Let’s choose to grow in the direction of grace!