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MINDSET SHIFT: EMPLOYEE TO ENTREPRENEUR

MINDSET SHIFT: EMPLOYEE TO ENTREPRENEUR
BY JAMES OH

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Metamorphosis, Butterflies and Change -Your Walk with God

Metamorphosis, Butterflies and Change -Your Walk with God

When I see a butterfly flying, I am reminded to pause and enjoy the miracle of their life, change, and flight. The metaphor of the butterfly for transformation is profound .God uses nature to teach us spiritual lessons. I believe that the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is one example of this. As human beings, we are meant to grow: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.


The process is as follows:


The caterpillar starts its life out as an egg.

Then it becomes a caterpillar.
As a caterpillar its job is to eat and eat AND eat some more until it bursts out of its skin.
When it is mature, it stops eating and starts spinning a silken pad, called a chrysalis, all around itself.
Then it rests. During this Special PERIOD OF REST, dormant(sleeping) cells now become energized and turn into the wings, legs, eyes, and other parts of the adult butterfly.
It stays in this chrysalis for a long time. Some varieties stay inside for a whole year! 


When God determines that it is ready, the former caterpillar slowly bursts out of its silken pad and is now a butterfly. It no longer has to crawl, it can now fly!

There are 3 Stages during our Spiritual Metamorphosis:


Feeding Stage: Where we "take in" and "feed on" the scriptures, focusing on learning about God . This is when our foundation is built.


Resting Stage: Where we digest what we have learned, meditate on God's character, stop to listen for His voice and start to trust Him and praise Him. This is where we learn what worship is.


Activity Stage: After being fed, and after resting in God's presence, we will be empowered with a new perspective on life and will desire from deep within to make a difference in our world. We will fly and God will be the wind beneath our wings. This stage can be compared to the journey of a faithful child of God .Our characters and personalities will be molded through hardship during this time. We will learn to "exercise" our faith during these times and our "faith muscle" will become stronger and stronger. If we had no struggles to overcome, our faith muscle would be flabby!



This is God's plan for us. In Romans 8:29 it says that we are to be "conformed to the image of His son." To become like Christ is our ultimate goal! We will take our spiritual development with us when we leave our physical bodies and move on into the timeless spiritual realm. Our development is very very important. That's why God won't always intercede to make life easy for us.


However, unlike the butterfly, I believe that we experience the different phases over and over again throughout our walk with God


Where are you MY BELOVED in your life? Are you a butterfly, soaring, enjoying your elegant manifestation? Are you a caterpillar getting the message that it is time to transition–time to do something different? Are you lying in a puddle of what once was you and what may be the future you? Are you sitting around and waiting for someone to give you permission or affirmation of your next step on your path? Are you looking at what would need to happen to take to get you out of your shell and coding it “hard work” which makes you disinclined to act on it? Alternatively, are you seeing the obstacles as learning experiences–pathways to your own inner strength and mastery?


Is it time to step fully and completely into the new version of you? That means letting to of everything in your life that is not serving you. You do not have to do it all at once. Just take the first step. Do the first thing. The rest will follow. And with each step forward you will feel more empowered. And you will find that you are supported


I have learned that when we let go of what is no longer serving and supporting us, we make room for what will. And like the caterpillar climbing out of its cocoon, it is a worthwhile trip.
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