Embracing the ing

I am skeptical of most things that end in the letters ed.

More specifically I am leery when someone says they have learned something.

This is one of the (many) things that 12 step programs got right. No one is a recovered alcoholic they are forever a recovering alcoholic.

When I was in high school and started going to Young Life I began the process of being transformed. I would have told you at the time that through Christ I had learned to find my identity in Christ rather than in my performance. The reality is that I was just beginning the journey of learning to find my identity in Christ.

I have not learned to stop comparing myself to others but I am learning to.

I have not learned to have balance in my life but I am learning to

I have not learned to forgive but I am learning to

I have not changed but I am changing

I have not learned very much but I am learning a lot

Scripture talks about “Being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory.” We are being transformed. It is a process and that is okay.

Scripture also says that “You are a new creation- the old has gone the new has come.” I believe that too but most of my life has felt more like being transformed than being a new creation.

We need to embrace the -ing

What are you learning? How are you changing? How are you being transformed?

3 Responses to Embracing the ing

  1. Samantha Curley November 13, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    Love this! Or should I say, loving this! A lot.

  2. Kendall Johnston-Legg November 13, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    I really really really love this! This reassures me that learning and growing don’t end when your education does. :)

  3. jonhoughton November 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Thanks Sam and Kendall— I am in big trouble if learning and growing is supposed to stop when my education does because I have a long ways to go on the journey.

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