How many times have you changed your mind about something? I don’t mean whether or not you would order dessert, but really altered your position on a weighty matter? If you have a particularly stubborn nature like I do, probably not often. Has your mind been changed suddenly, or was
As humans, we have the capacity for constant learning. I see many articles today, especially in the fields of neuroscience and sociology discussing neuroplasticity and the virtues of a growth mindset. It is true that the more we learn and the more we are willing to put forth the effort for learning, the more our brains will expand. This is not exactly what the apostle Paul is talking about, however.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away,
Here, Paul speaks to the church in Corinth encouraging them to keep their eyes focused on God because only he is able to see the rest of the story. We are limited and transient; he is all-seeing and eternal. If I can accept the fact that I may not have all the facts in, I may be able to trust that God might know better. If I see my transformation as ongoing and never-ending, I may be able to admit that I will never be a mature individual, fully formed. In turn, I will humbly admit that others are still in the middle of their story as well.
I recognize God is sovereign and I am not. God sees eternally and I see only the past and present. My eyes cannot see even these clearly or accurately.
This is where we trust in who God is and believe he guides us rightly. It matters that God is not only eternal but good and loving and faithful. If these are all true of God–and they are!–then we have nothing to fear. We may not like everything in our present situation, we may not understand the whys or the what
Regardless of how long we live, we will be growing and changing, maturing and (hopefully) improving until we die. Even then, I wonder if heaven will welcome us into a place where we will be transforming endlessly into the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.