June 10, 2018

Transformation: the Route to a New and Improved You



“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”—1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV)
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We all grow up; there’s no fighting it. There’s also no going back. For instance, we crawl as babies, and we walk and run as toddlers. It’s ridiculous to picture an adult crawling on her hands and knees, except maybe to win a wacky race.

Change is a part of life. Some of us fight it. Others are initially intimidated. Brave people accept, or even embrace, adjustments in routine.

Many prominent figures in the Bible underwent significant alterations. The progression was necessary to prepare them for their destinies:

Joseph, Job, Rahab (the harlot), Moses, Mephibosheth (the grandson of Saul), Gideon, Peter, Esther, Ruth, Paul

Metamorphosis-(from Google Dictionary)—

1. (in an insect or amphibian) the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.


The four stages of complete metamorphosis are egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Butterflies and frogs are examples of this kind. Other animals undergo three stages of metamorphosis: egg/birth, youngling, adult. Some arthropods (spiders), fish, and birds are examples.

2. a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.

Both types of alterations involve stages and transforming from immaturity to maturity. Simple science demonstrates we cannot remain in an undeveloped state.

A Necessary Process

Phases from birth to death must be followed. There are no shortcuts to literal or figurative adulthood/maturity. If we stay in our unformed, immature state, we won’t reach our full potential. Here’s an illustration:

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird; it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”—C.S. Lewis

Education/Training

It’s always a journey to advance from novice to expert. For every topic of study, there’s a necessary progression:

Writing/Reading: Alphabet è Words  è Sentences è Paragraphs è Stories è Essays/Articles è Books
Math: Simple Math è Algebra è Geometry èTrigonometry è Calculus or Statistics
Music: Positioning of instrument or of fingers on instrument è Memorization of notes è Theory è Simple songs è Folk/Pop songs è Hymns è Concert/choir music
Foreign Language: Words è Phrases è Pronunciation è Conjugation of Verbs è Sentences è Comprehension è Fluency

My Conclusion

Metamorphosis doesn’t have to be intimidating. In the end, transformation is the doorway to a new life. Changing/Learning is your only path to improvement as a person, or in your chosen areas of interest. So buckle up and get ready for the difficult, but rewarding ride!

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What are you willing to alter and improve?