Growth is something we all desire.
But it doesn’t come on a platter. There are demands and responsibilities that always come with our quest to improve and become a better person.
More often than not, all these usually boil down to two things: the need to give up certain things and the willingness to take up new challenges.
In our pursuit of progress and growth in life and spirit; that need to leave some things behind – to keep some things aside, will always be constant. And usually tied to that, like five and six, is the necessity to take new actions. It may be to form new habits, develop a new attitude, or adopt a new lifestyle and so on.
If you aspire for a new level in an area of your life, there are things that new level will require you to keep back and take up, first to climb up there, and then to sustain your stay there. When you also desire to go higher from that plane, you will need to still leave some things behind and embrace new stuff to climb further and stay there.
Why is this so? It’s simple. Each new height you are aspiring for is a higher plane that cannot accommodate certain things from the lower plane. They are incompatible. They can’t be tolerated. It simply won’t work.
Paul said, ‘When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things’ (1 Corinthians 13:11 NLT).
You see, his growth was linked to the putting aside of childish things. He had to embrace the things that make a man. Paul wouldn’t have truly grown up, if he was still doing those childish things.
In another place, Scripture says, ‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us’ (Hebrews 12:1 NLT).
In other words, if we must make progress, we must strip off, give up, keep aside and leave behind; then, we must take up, stir up and start up.
There is no other way.
Whatever it is that you ought to have put aside but have kept with you on the journey will weigh you down.
Perhaps God has shown them to you, people have pointed them to you repeatedly, or you have realized them yourself – such things that bear no relevance to your growth, your goals, your future and destiny.
They constitute sheer waste of time, energy, potential and resources that could be channelled to propel you forward. They could be habits, attitude, affiliations, friends, appetites, addictions, mindset, hobbies and whatnot. Every time you desire and attempt to take a step forward, they pull you the opposite direction.
They are needless baggages.
As Scriptures rightly put it, they are weights that slow you down. You need to do away with them and engage propellers to drive you forward.
By all means, you should. You need to stand up to yourself and tell yourself the blunt truth. If you don’t, days will turn to weeks, weeks will turn into years and you will still seem stuck after a long while.
It may be difficult to do. But you need to do it anyway.
Drop the needless baggages. Take up the needed burdens.
Do so today. And every time you need to.
Ogaga Eruteya is a Nigerian Christian minister, writer and speaker. He writes on Faith, Personal Development, Youth Development, and Life Realities. With his words, he seeks to inspire, motivate, propagate life’s truths and represent a sincere Christian voice. Learn more about Ogaga here.