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Develop: grow or cause to grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate.

I love this definition. To grow or cause to grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate.

When we’re developing, we have the ability to cause another person to develop. How?

First of all, we become the example. When someone looks at us, they don’t merely see another human being or friend or whatever. They see a person who is pursuing God and growing because of it. They see how we’re blessed, how we act when troubles come, and how we react in all situations.

We also help to inspire others to growth. Iron sharpens iron. That means that when we are committed to growth, we begin to inspire others to do the same. Not only are we the example, we also become the encouragement for someone else to continue on their journey.

So remember today, growth and development is not only for you, but an encouragement and example to others. Develop today, for your good and for the good of others. 

Be encouraged and encourage others! You got this!

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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