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Growing in Maturity

God is love. I know this is true because the Bible tells me so and because I have experienced it in my own life. God has rescued me when there was no other earthly alternative. When I needed straight advice beyond the wisdom of those around me, He was there. He has taken me from abject loneliness into places of spiritual fellowship I did not know existed. And He did all that even before I knew Him. Since I have been building a relationship with Him, I have discovered a deeper love He has for me; the love that encourages me to grow and mature in Him. He loved me enough to die for me in my sin. He also loved me enough to not leave me there.

Before Christmas our youngest daughter told us her plans to move out in the spring and begin her independent life in Moscow. She has chosen that town for college and for other social reasons. Regardless, she is leaving and I know she is serious because she is saving her money. Last night our son informed us of his plan, already in the works for six months, to leave and go on tour with his band. He plans to be gone for at least six weeks. Our oldest daughter moved to Coeur d’Alene two years ago and never looked back. The nest is getting less crowded by the minute as each child’s presence in body, mind and personality becomes thinner, less ‘there’. It’s time to take those extra leaves out of the kitchen table. Soon there will be only two for dinner.

Dan and I have spent years preparing these kids to launch out on their own and they have been moving toward that eventuality for some time. It begins small, with the desire to break away from the confines of the nest to see what else is out there. We should have known better than to travel with them from the time they were small. By the time they were teenagers they all had a suitcase, a sleeping bag, and knew how to make their way through an airport successfully. Yep, it’s our fault. We taught them to not be afraid to move out. Now here they are, doing just that.

It would be easier, as parents, to keep them close to us in proximity. But that would prevent the growth so vital to their personal maturity. They must learn from their own mistakes made with money, with people, and with forgetting to keep God in their everyday lives.

These places of growth in the natural parallel our spiritual growth process. Now that I have relationship with God, His desire is for me to grow beyond where I was and now am. This means that as He reveals to me what I should and should not do, through the Bible and the leading of His Spirit, I am able to change and grow to be more like Him. As He forms me on the inside, the new creation becomes evident on the outside in my behavior.

It is true, God is love. And this loving God would see me grow as I desire to see my children grow into maturity. Growth means change. As I have taught my children to not live in fear of change I am choosing to not fear the maturing process God desires, and expects, in me.

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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