But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

2 Peter 3:18

When I was little, I wanted a dog really bad, any pet really, but my parents didn’t want any more mouths to feed in our big family, so they bought me a pet rock. Yeah, back in the 70s pets that couldn’t eat were all the rage. Gary Dahl, the rock’s inventor, became a millionaire by selling ordinary rocks in little doggie carrying cases. How does a guy come up with such an odd toy idea? Well, friends had been complaining to him about how bothersome it was to take care of real life pets and so he thought, “Why not give them something that doesn’t need to be fed, doesn’t shed, or need to go to the bathroom?” And the pet rock was born. Kids all over the country wanted a pet rock of their own, and many of us got one because what objection could your parents have to adding a rock with googly eyes to the family? 

While I still look fondly upon my pet rock Bowzer, I get the irony involved in actually selling people a pet that wasn’t alive. I mean, how can you truly enjoy a pet that isn’t alive? Is it really even a pet? Living things make messes, they ruin things, they grow older, but they also love you. They care for you. They are there for you. Growing is essential to life. If you aren’t growing you are either dying or like the rock you were never living at all. As believers we are not rocks, but living beings who are meant to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus. We cannot stay the same once we meet Him, but as we get to know Him more and more and respond to the Holy Spirit inside of us, we are forcibly growing, whether we know it or not. That means that last year you may have struggled with your temper or with your self-control, but this year you struggle less. Each year you walk with God you grow, if you do not then you must be walking on a different path than the Lord. If that is the case let’s get you back on the road to change. Start by seeking God for areas in your life where you need to grow, don’t be satisfied with the status quo. 

Questions to ponder

Looking back at your life what things have changed about your personality? 

Are there somethings you do that you’d like to not do any more (like getting angry, worrying, or being fearful?)

Find a verse that addresses the thing you want to change and commit it to memory. For instance, you might look at 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 for what love is or isn’t or Galatians 5:22 for a description of the fruit of the Spirit in your life.) Tell God you are ready to change and He will begin the process in you. 

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