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7 Stages of Development


I derived this concept of 7 stages of development from the account of creation that we find in the Bible from the book of Genesis. I do not of course, make any direct claims about these stages being an end all when it comes to the topic of development. Simply put, I just found it pretty amazing to see from creations account the correlation between God creating the Earth and stages of taking any of our own projects or plans from an idea to a realistic outcome.


So, let's jump right in and get started.


7 Stages of Development:


1) The Void and The Light: (Void) The birth of a dream or idea in its undeveloped form. (Gen. 1:1-2). (Light) This is where you shed light on your idea/dream or situation and begin to commit to growing it. (Gen. 1:3-5)


2) The Space: This is where you begin to build a model to work with, for example, like a financial budget or a blueprint, or anything else of the sort. (Gen. 1:6-8)


3) The Flow: (Flow) This is where you begin to establish a routine, because without a working routine and established boundaries a person can fall out of focus and lose momentum in their commitment. (Gen. 1:9-13).


4) The Separation: This is where there begins to be distinction between the past, the present and the future…or the former you, the present you and the person you are becoming. Another way to look at this, if you are doing some sort of pivot or creating a significant change in the direction of your life, is the erosion of the connection between the current you and the you, that you desire everyone to see you as. (Gen. 1:14-19) – Credit to Mike Kim on this nugget of wisdom from his content on The Pivot Podcast.

 

5) A Flood of Life: This is where you begin to put life to your idea, dream or change. You transition from commitment to investment. God did not leave the waters empty, He filled them with life, with the many different species of sea creatures we know today. It is the same with your idea, dream or change you desire to make. If you don’t ACT on it and flood it with passion, commitment and investment…all by God’s leading and power, it will not gain momentum and take off and you will stay stuck, right where you are. James 2:17 says, “Faith without works is dead.”. (Gen. 1:20-23)


6) Be Fruitful and Multiply: The principle here is to grow that idea or dream! Use the gifts that God has given you to encourage others and make change by serving. At this stage you now either have a product or service to serve others with or you have a message or testimony to encourage others with. (Gen. 1:24-31) 


7) RESTYou must take time away from your toiling to rest and reflect. (Gen. 2:1-4) Take time to let your idea, dream or change, STEEP. Take time to discover what is working well and what needs altering or changing. Here’s a personal story… When I make Ramen Noodles I let the noodles steep for 10 minutes in hot water and the seasoning packet. I have found over time that by letting the noodles steep for longer, the consistency of the noodles and the flavor combined together become exactly what I want. A little lack of patience can wreak potential havoc on an outcome.


You may also see that some people who start off with full steam, but never let their dream, idea or situation steep, may crash and burn or get off course from their original design or plan. I've been there, a few times. The good news is that you can recover and you can start over again. Don't give up! Don't ever give up! Put all your trust and hope in the Lord and He will lead you and guide you!


Let me know your thoughts and if you found this post to be a help to you!


I'm going to end this post with a Scripture found in Proverbs 3:5-6.


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own

understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."

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