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In our ‘Churches Together‘ meeting today, we looked at developing a growth mindset. Developing a growth mindset means we commit ourselves to growing, which means:

  • embracing new challenges (instead of running away from them)

  • developing perseverance (instead of giving up easily)

  • being kind to ourselves (rather than always being critical of ourselves)

  • learning from criticism (instead of being crushed by it)

  • seeing life as a journey that’s worth the effort (instead of believing life is pointless)

  • being inspired by other people’s successes (rather than being put off by them)

  • helping and nurturing other people (instead of always criticising or judging them)

  • believing that with God, nothing is impossible (instead of always looking at limitations)

We believe that God wants to work in our lives to bring us to maturity in Christ (Eph 4:15-16, Rom 8:29) and that for us to become mature means being willing to change and to grow. Often, this involves challenging our wrong thinking and allowing our minds to be renewed and our thinking to be transformed. (Rom 12:1-2) It’s a process (rather than a one-off event) and takes our commitment and determination. We have to learn to ‘think outside the box’ and do things differently… which can be terrifying for cautious, risk-averse people, but ‘with God, nothing is impossible.’ (Luke 1:37)