Thoughts From Toby

Incremental Growth

Can you believe that 2019 is already half over? It’s amazing how quickly time goes by. Since we’re halfway through the year, let me remind you of something that is probably ancient history by now… Did you make a New Year Resolution six months ago? If so, how are you doing with it? If you are still following through with your resolution, you’re one of the rare few! The truth is that many of us have grand ambitions around the turn of the calendar year, but we rarely take the steps to follow through. Part of this is how lofty our resolutions can be. We often bite off more than we can chew, so to speak, and then give up on our resolutions when we realize how hard it is actually going to be. That’s a pretty typical human experience. But here’s the thing… Change and growth and transformation are generally much more incremental than we think. Which is both a good thing and a bad thing. On the negative side, when we don’t see immediate results, the ‘stick-to-itiveness’ necessary for real change to occur usually goes by the wayside. But on the positive side, making small changes today can add up to big transformation over time. So… whether you’ve grown leaps and bounds in the past six months, or whether your goals and ambitions quickly fizzled back in January, I would challenge each of us to look for those small changes that we can put into practice today that will incrementally lead to growth over time. As Paul tells Timothy, “Train yourself to be godly” (1 Tim 4:7).