The Key Ingredient to Growth

show up

The other day, I had a new friend message me and ask me how I come up with blog topics. I knew immediately what my short response would be to her.

I show up.

I did expand on this idea in my message back to her but, basically, it’s the key ingredient to all the posts I’ve written over the last 6 1/2 years. So often, an idea doesn’t show up until I do.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve jumped out of bed in the morning and the idea of writing that day isn’t necessarily on my radar. (It’s all about the coffee.) Yet, the act of showing up is all it takes for my heart to begin hearing the radar beeps.

I now understand that “showing up” is the key ingredient to almost everything in life. Presence and participation are not only vital steps in the creative process but in relationships too.


This morning I read a couple of Twitter posts from Eugene Peterson:

“Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement.”

“…to become aware of what God is doing so that I can respond to it and participate and take delight in it.”

Both of these thoughts reminded me of how crucial it is for us to show up in both our earthly relationships and also our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  In order to become aware, to recognize, and to catch a glimpse of the work our Creator is doing in us, through us, and in the world around us, we have to be willing to show up.

Just like the writing process, sometimes we must first commit to showing up before our eyes will recognize and see the beauty unfold.  


During the Christmas season, I can’t help but think of the One who modeled, perfectly, how showing up is crucial if we want to make positive progress in our journeys.  Jesus showed up for us. The journey to the cross was the path He willingly agreed to take. Despite the inconvenience, despite the pain and humiliation it required for him to do so, He showed up.

And sometimes, the showing up looks and feels crazy until you are able look in the rearview mirror and see the miracle that took place all because a decision was made to first show up.

In hindsight, you can see the beauty.  You can see the mended relationship. You can see the healing of a broken heart. You can see the chains of addiction snapped in two. You can see how a pain was redeemed.  You can see the empty tomb.  You can see!

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