How Do I Stretch? Let Me Count the Ways.

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This is our third discussion about change and I trust we agree that though change is inevitable, growth is optional. To stop resisting change and accept its challenge, is a choice for growth. It says we want to get better, be more, rise higher! But as soon as the growth process begins, we feel the stretch.

We stretch our attitudes, preconceived notions, traditions, and personal peeves and preferences. We stretch our intellect, emotions, patterns, and assumptions. We stretch our feelings, habits, comfort levels and personal space. We stretch our I-never-did-it-that-way-before stances.

Stretching may tax our endurance, strain our muscles, and challenge our brain, but it also prepares us to go further, reach higher and become fuller. In the process of stretching we find ourselves expanding and learning—becoming more, greater, better.

Stretching extends us beyond our preconceived limits, expands our world, opens our hearts, enlarges our lives—which is exactly what God wants for us!

Jesus said He came to give us life that’s abundant (John 10:10).

Resisting change causes the opposite of abundance—it leads to decrease. These synonyms are not what we want: shrink, wither, shrivel, minimize, dry up, decline, diminish, lessen. They’re not what God wants either.

In Isaiah 53 the prophet describes all that Jesus would suffer to release us from sin. Then he calls out to us, as God’s redeemed people:

Enlarge the place of your tent,

stretch your tent curtains wide,

do not hold back;

lengthen your cords,

strengthen your stakes.

For you will spread out to the right and to the left…”*

God wants to make us more. Do you hear His heart cry in Isaiah’s words?

Let’s stretch high to receive His blessings. Stretch wide to touch lives we’ve not yet met. Stretch out to seize new possibilities and stretch deep to fulfill God’s purposes.

*Isaiah 54:2-3

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