2017-01-03 Why Try? – A Growth Mindset

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A growth mindset is a belief that life is worth trying; that both good and bad will come our way, yet both help define us and develop us in way that leads somewhere. I choose destiny and I am chosen for it are both true. A fixed mindset is a belief that my aptitude, future and fate are sovereignly fixed by God and my genes, and trying doesn’t change that course.

People who try and succeed, against impossible odds, are our storied heroes. We admire them from a distance. The reality is that each of our lives is a story with a happy and victorious ending, with a significant amount of impossibility in the middle. Whether we get to 30, 60 or 100% of our destiny depends upon, 1) having a sense of what it is, 2) choosing it ourselves, and 3) giving it our best shot (when it seems impossible). The process of life takes a good deal of courage. Our hearts are warning us, “What if I try as hard as I can, and then fail? It’s happened before!” Very simple – fixed mindsets conclude, “I’ll never try again” and growth mindsets say, “I’ll try harder next time, there has to be a way.” When hearts are “connected” our destiny or calling extends through our history, current vocation and future aspirations… It all fits a theme, even the failures or losses.

Right now, God is converting hearts from a spirit of timidity rooted in past mediocrity to a spirit of power, love and self-discipline, believing in future victories. Our perception of God as “hard and having high standards” is shifting to a loving Father who has called us to do the impossible and is available to add the miraculous. Just as Jesus grew in stature and wisdom, we grow into our destiny the same way… over a life time. We are courageous enough to change – it’s normal and it never stops. Maturity is never outgrowing repentance (Metanoeo – to think differently or afterward reconsider).

fan into flame the gift of God… For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Tim 1:6-7 NIV

Accepting challenge – We all carry a prophetic sense of destiny that is far beyond our present lot in life. The price tag is high, but so are the rewards in this life and the next. The first decision for our hearts is, “Will we make the effort and contend, or will we coast?” Kings say, “Yes, Lord – I’m all in!”

Whether it’s fast or slow, difficult or easy, the assignment is the same… the promise in our book is unchanged. What can change and grow is us. As Caleb said, “We are well able to take this land.”

But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Num 13:30-31 ESV

How I handle trials – Shortly after saying “yes,” we run in into failures, setbacks and warfare. These are not from God, but He can redeem them for good (if we allow Him, Rom 8:28). Heathy hearts expect and welcome whatever degree of difficulty comes with our calling… for a good reason. Our faith is perfected in fire. We share in Jesus’ suffering so that we can share His glory (Rom 8:17-19). There is a depth that is easily seen in people who have suffered and survived to the next victory. There is no shortcut in the Kingdom. Failures don’t define me; resurrections do! Failures, in the hands of the right people, can be a gift.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 NIV

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

John Wooden said, “You aren’t a failure until you start to blame.” You can still be in the process of learning from and growing through your mistakes, until you deny them. After a failure, a fixed mindset may simply try to repair their self-esteem instead of fixing the problem.

How hard will I try?Half-hearted is the fear-of-failure strategy. People who understand their identity and purpose are free to try hard and fail often. They are persistent, diligent and deliberate. No matter what happens, our eyes are fixed on Jesus and the prize of His high calling. The biggest lie in Christianity disguised as grace is that, “If I’m anointed or called, I don’t have to try hard.” The paradox is that we labor to enter into His rest.

“Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’ Luke 19:20-21 NIV

How do I handle criticism and praise? – If we’re growing, we’re welcoming criticism and enemy accusations because they are a means defining the adjustments we need for success. Even enemy accusations often have a hold on some area of repentance that is still needed before my next victory. I’m taking my case to the courts of heaven to leverage those accusations into acceleration.

“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Matt 5:25 NIV

What if others are more successful? – The Holy Spirit often uses the prowess of others to show us something about our own identity and future. Our hearts are triggered when we see our own calling operating in other people. We should emulate them – healthy envy.

Growth mindset (the mind of Christ) is celebrating when we equip others to be more successful than ourselves. Raising up sons who go beyond us is not a threat, it’s the goal!

Finances – Our financial life is always a business that requires constant adjustment. Entrepreneurs are happy to make the changes to stay current with God, customers, regulations, etc. A fixed mindset has a degree of entitlement and naturally expects others to take care of them… God is prime candidate (After all He is our provider). God prospers initiative, persistence, diligence and wisdom… and is willing to let those who do not work miss some meals.

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Prov 10:4 NIV

The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Prov 13:4 NIV

You can do it – There is nothing too difficult to step into 100-fold fruitfulness. It’s not easy, but God is faithful to do His part. The bigger issue is our ability to trust God for His part and then be “all in” for our part. We “grow into our destiny” …grow in faith to receive from God, and grow in perseverance to work. There is a party waiting.

…who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Heb 12:2-3 NIV

This blog was inspired by a secular book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.



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