If we are not growing, we are dying. Forgiving is growth; resentment is death. Love is growth; hate is death. God creates things so that they grow naturally. In the process of being in touch with that growth, we are encouraged to live in tune with God, through prayer & meditation in order to catch a glimpse of the eternal. The Kingdom of God as explained in parables gives us that glimpse of the eternal which embraces & encourages us to grow because God is all about growth. God wants us to synchronize our minds to the concept of perpetual creation & growth. We see this in the Parable of the Leaven, Parable of the Mustard Seed and Parable of the Sower. In all these parables, fruit or production is desired which directly implies the value and inherent truth that growth is essential to God’s plan and essential to your life: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Matt 13:31-32) As we open our hearts and minds to step into the Kingdom of God, the echoes that reverberate to our souls is “grow or die.” The point of reference for all of us is heaven, the ultimate destination. The path is laid out through Christ’s teaching for us to follow so we successfully reach heaven. In getting there, abundant fruit surrounds us because we commit to growing in conjunction with God’s divine will.