Evolution – a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler, or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state: GROWTH.

This past weekend a good friend of mine had a small birthday dinner with about 10 friends and family members. During the dinner each guest shared how she impacted their life. The next day when she and I were reflecting upon the dinner and what everyone had to say, I told her that her dinner guests were a great depiction of her Evolution. She asked me to expound upon it a little more. I told her she was surrounded by people who represented different seasons in her life – some represented “Seeds;” some represented “Time;” and some represented the “Harvest” of her life.

The same is true for all of us. As we evolve, our circle will undoubtedly reflect different seasons of our Evolution.

So, to continue with my dissertation upon my friend’s Evolution

I told her those representing the “Seeds,” served two purposes. Her brother and she are from the same seed and even though they grew up worlds apart, they both were predestined for the Kingdom of God. Then her spiritual parents also represent “Seeds;” because their role is to sow seeds of righteousness and affirmation into her life to help nurture her as she grows in her purpose.

Those representing “Time (I was included in this group),” are those who have known her for 10 or more years, and who remained, in spite of her shortcomings and downfalls. We have endured every season of her life and we chose to stay. We were aware of the bad, but we were even more aware of the good and the promises of God concerning her.

Those representing the “Harvest,” are those who have only known her for the past few years. These people are now experiencing the “Harvest” season of her life. They get to come and glean and eat from this tree of righteousness. They get to enjoy the good fruit this tree (my friend) now produces. There are some things about my friend these people will never witness in this season of her life, because she has matured and is now producing much fruit. But the same cannot be said about those of us who were there during the planting and the pruning seasons of her life. We saw the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Our stories took us on a journey through her process of Evolution. Those who knew her in the earlier days had an opportunity to hear how she is presently blessing people with some things she didn’t possess earlier on, and therefore couldn’t offer us. While the newcomers had an opportunity to hear some “hard-to-believe” stories of the person she used to be. The conclusion was unanimous that every season of her Evolution was necessary for the development of the woman we all came to celebrate.

So, That Settles It. We all will grow through different seasons in our lives. But it is such a tremendous blessing to look around one day and see and hear how you’ve impacted peoples’ lives, in EVERY SEASON of your life – even in those times that you didn’t know what you were doing, or if you would make it – someone was still inspired, encouraged, or empowered by you. Enjoy the process of Evolution – because as long as you live, you will continue to evolve. Evolution is inevitable.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. ~Psalm 1:3

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