What will we be when we are fully grown?
If I got something too big as a kid such as a jumper or coat my mother would say, “Well you will grow into it.”
I like that idea of ‘growing into something’.
The Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain publishes 42 Advice and Queries (A&Q) number two reads,
Bring the whole of your life under the ordering of the spirit of Christ. Are you open to the healing power of God’s love? Cherish that of God within you, so that this love may grow in you and guide you. Let your worship and your daily life enrich each other. Treasure your experience of God, however it comes to you. Remember that Christianity is not a notion but a way.
I like the idea that love has the potential to grow in us and guide us. What would it look like if we allow it to fully bloom in us?
Jamie Catto in his book ‘Insanely Gifted’ writes
Growth happens because we are open to it not because it has to happen.
A&Q 2 asks, “Are you open to the healing power of God’s love?” Implied is the notion that we need healing and perhaps the only agent to heal is God’s love.
A friend commented , “We are wounded by people and we are healed by people.”
I have known the wounds of others, yet I have also experienced the love of others that healed the wounds. Would I have known that love so deeply were it not for the depth of the wounds?
Anthony de Mello S.J in The Song of the Bird wrote,
I was a neurotic for years. Anxious, depressed selfish. And everyone kept telling me to change.
And I resented them , and agreed with them, and wanted to change, but simply couldn’t, no matter how much I tried.
What hurt the most was that, like the others,
my closed friend kept urging me to change
So I felt powerless and trapped.
One day he said “Don’t change. I love you are you are.”
Those words were music to my ears: “Don’t change. Don’t change. Don’t change….
I love you as you are.”
I relaxed. I came alive. And, suddenly, I changed!”