When Christopher Columbus set out in August of 1492, his goal was not to discover a new world, but rather to find a world that already existed. Columbus’ desire was to find a new shipping passage to Asia in order to have a more efficient trade route. What he found was something totally different; something better than his original mission.
I was just reading a blog post from Stephen Blandino (www.stephenblandino.com) on the importance of people development in the church setting. In the post, Stephen states,
“Our growth equation is often nothing more than Activity + Attendance = Personal Growth. As a result, people fail to “own” their growth.”
I believe that this is spot on for the church today. What stuck out to me the most, however, was the correlation between personal growth and ownership. This is where Columbus comes into play. No one had to tell him what to shoot for; he knew what his desire was. In other words, he owned his potential. How many Christian can say that they truly own their personal Spiritual growth potential? How many can say that they take responsibility for their personal growth, families, decisions, etc.?
For personal growth to be effective and take motion, ownership is the key. When there is desire to accomplish a goal (spiritual, physical, etc.), little planning is actually needed; it’s simply fueled by desire. We are willing to try any number of plans, ideas, and actions to attempt to accomplish our desired change.
Some might say that, “I am no Christopher Columbus. I have no great ideas or desires to discover new worlds or routes.” We have heard it said before, “Dream no little dreams, because they stir not the hearts of men,” but what about our own hearts. We must dream large enough dreams to stir our own hearts. The activities, attendance’s, schedules, and plans if not funneled correctly will stifle the fuel that ignites the passion and drive for personal betterment. You define your potential personal growth. It is not set in stone. Columbus wanted to discover a new route to Asia, what did he find in return? A whole new world. What could you find in your own life?
When your heart is stirred to action and you place a goal in front of you to achieve, you accept ownership, and begin your journey for success who knows what new worlds you will discover? Who knows the people you will impact? What we do know is this: If you dream no dreams, if you continue to use addition in the equation of your personal growth, you will never multiply. You will not multiply your personal spiritual growth, physical growth, emotional growth, or any other potential growth that you see in your lives.
We must take ownership of our lives. Let’s not stand on the sidelines waiting for someone else’s dreams to come along and move us. Let’s move ourselves to action. When we do, we will find that personal growth will come naturally. It will come because we have decided to move towards something, and if that something is directed by God, then new worlds will be open that we never thought possible.