Growth is rarely a straightforward process. Even when we are fully committed to becoming better, it’s rare for us to immediately leave all our old ways behind. There’s often a lot of wobbling before we can confidently walk in our new.
Learning to walk is a process. A baby does not simply decide to start walking one day and never look back.
The process involves many shaky first steps and a lot of back and forth between attempts at walking and then back to crawling.
The same is true with much of our growth.
For instance, we go back to checking out in our relationships instead of having those tough conversations. Or, we once again become demanding as we are learning to be more patient and kind.
Understanding this process is not an excuse to continue in our old ways. However, it does remind us of our need for grace.
We don’t have to beat ourselves up for initially going back and forth as we faithfully grow into our better.
In time, a baby does less and less crawling and more and more walking.
And the same should be true with us.
While growth takes time and is not always as straightforward as we might like, there is an expectation for us to grow.
We should not be crawling when it’s past time for us to be walking.
Give yourself grace as you learn to walk in your newness, but never settle for merely crawling through life.
Albeit wobbly at first, learn to confidently walk in the strength God has given you.