Minister’s Musings – Growing Edges

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin, 20th Century Author

‘Where are your growing edges?’ This was a question asked often during my seminary years. The intention was to challenge my fellow seminarians and I to see where we encountered our limits and to live there intentionally. Once we became no longer anxious and became comfortable within the new stretched limits, we were asked again, ‘where are your growing edges?’ Thus, pushing us back into that place of discomfort and challenge.

I remember one faculty person explaining that the importance about recognizing our growing edges was they were the places for the greatest healing and the greatest growth. The limits I had created in my life were built from lessons learned or hurts felt or fears imagined. In other words, at those growing edges, was where I would encounter the answers to who I really am and who I want to be.

Where are your growing edges? Those places of discomfort and anxiety. What do they have to teach you and what healing do you have an opportunity to encounter?

Peace & Grace,
Rev. Laura

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