Dear TLS Community,
This Little Light of Mine
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5: 14-16
A lot of research and study has been completed recently around the concept of ‘Mindset’. Psychologist, Carol Dweck will suggest that we, as human beings possess one of two mindsets: ‘Growth’ or ‘Fixed’.
A person with a ‘fixed mindset’ believes that our character, intelligence and creative ability is exactly that; fixed. We are either born smart or simple, creative or linear. People with a fixed mindset believe that we are unable to change or improve what we are born with in any meaningful way and that we may as well accept the hand we have been dealt.
A person with a ‘growth mindset’ however, will see the human mind as something that can be trained and exercised, just like an elite athlete’s body. Those with growth mindsets thrive on challenges, are willing to take risks and see failure as an opportunity to learn and improve.
This week I spent some time in a middle primary classroom and the teacher was discussing these concepts with the students. The responses from the students were both insightful and intuitive. I was pleased that what I was hearing from these students indicated the development of growth mindset amongst the class. The majority of respondents believed strongly that we can always improve; we can always get better – regardless of the hand we’ve been dealt.
As we read in the scripture from Matthew, God too wants us to have growth mindsets and let our light shine in the world. God doesn’t want us to hide our gifts and talents under a basket, but instead He wants us to use them for the good of our neighbours and to His glory.
As we were made in His image, God wants us to live our lives as blessed images of God; striving to see His will done here on earth. Our Christian ‘growth mindset’ will see us able to accomplish amazing things in His name; ‘I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13). We can boldly take risks in His name knowing that God is walking alongside us; ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ (Romans 8:28).
So as we continue our journey through life, let’s adopt a growth mindset in every area of our lives and always remember the endless possibilities that lie in front of us as God’s children.
God bless your week,