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Step 1: Know Your Identity

This is simple, but can take a lifetime to fully grasp. You are a beloved child of God. He loves you and wants the best for you, no matter how you feel about him. You can do nothing to make him love you less.

Step 2: Practice the Basics

They say it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at any given activity. Every master pianist started practicing basic scales over and over again. When you set aside time every day to practice prayer, study, and meditation, you start the process that will lay the foundation for deep growth in the future.

Step 3: Walk with Someone

You weren’t meant to walk alone. Someone who sees you at your best and worst, who’s walking toward Jesus like you, can keep you accountable to your commitment to grow. They can also encourage you to move forward when you don’t feel like moving any more.

Step 4: Serve With Purpose

You were created for a purpose. As a beloved child of God, you have a vocational calling that is to be used for the sake of others. The Christian life is lived through service to that calling. Keep service at the front of your mind by recognizing that your purpose in life lies outside yourself.

Step 5: Make Other Disciples

As followers of Jesus, our greatest joy comes when we share our identity with another so they may grow in their walk with Him. This happens when you're sharing your faith with an unbeliever or helping a fellow brother or sister faithfully follow Christ.