Growing Together

One of the most well-known stories about the biblical King David is the story of his victory over Goliath. A young David defeated Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, in battle. David went on to become his country’s next king. One of the lesser-known stories is that King David went on to train soldiers capable of defeating giants. Apart from the original Goliath, 2 Samuel 21:15-22 describes how King David’s trained warriors defeated four other giants. King David secured his legacy by seeing to the growth and development of his “destiny” company. A watchman must be conscious about this dimension of the mission.

A popular proverb of African origin says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others”. David’s victory over Goliath was celebrated, but it would have been meaningless without the next generation of warriors to carry on the legacy. A commitment to assisting others in growing requires a significant investment of time, energy, and resources. Personal ambitions may have to be set aside for the sake of collective progress. A forest is much larger than a single tree. In the long run, a growing collective will accomplish more than a single superstar.

If you’re not sure whether you should invest in the growth and development of others, consider the long term. Thinking in decades will help you avoid many future problems. If you do not help others now, it will have a negative impact on your own work in ten years. A true spouse must be willing to invest in their significant other’s growth and development. The primary reason marriages fail is that the two parties do not grow together. If you want to have a long-term relationship with your spouse, make sure you both grow together. Read books together. Discuss what you are reading and thinking with them. There are people in your life right now with whom you should grow. You can be useful to each other in the long run if you grow together.

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