If We Don’t Grow We’ll Die

It’s just been two weeks since I finished my teacher training, and it still feels unreal most of the time. Am I really done after such a long time of studying and practicing and learning?

Well, the certificate is done. But I guess I am not done learning. In fact I never want to be done.

There is a saying, “if you stop learning you’ll die.”

I don’t want to die.
Instead I want to continue learning.

I want to make myself available for new experiences that might come in unexpected times and places.
I want to keep my eyes open for the beautiful, the broken, the hope that’s so often forgotten.
I want to challenge myself to go outside my comfort zone and test the waters.
I want to let others tell me their story and share more of life together.

I don’t want to die.
Instead I want to continue growing.

I want to dig my roots deep into the ground so that I’m able to soar to new heights.
I want to plant myself in a fruitful community that allows us to help each other grow.
I want to get to know myself and God more and not shy away from the dark unknown corners.
I want to learn to root myself in who I was made to be and not who others want me to be.

Writing for Five Minute Friday today.



Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

8 thoughts on “If We Don’t Grow We’ll Die”

  1. Congratulations! I’ve taken an extended break from teaching. It is a beautiful profession that gives so much room for growth in our faith. God will use you powerfully as you lean into Him through it all. Teaching is hard, hard work…but such a privilege and opportunity to bless young lives. May God’s blessing be upon you each step of this new adventure.

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