Earlier this week, I was shocked when I saw two pictures of me and my sons. The first picture was taken three years ago this week when we dropped Stacey off at the airport to fly to Eugene to interview for her current job. In that photo David is barely above the height of my shoulder, and Nathan is a few inches below it. The second was taken this week during a day trip to Crater Lake.  In this one David is taller than me by 1/4 inch. He thinks it’s height, but I attribute it to thicker hair. Nathan is closing in on both of us. I’m glad they are growing, but the pictures really took me by surprise. There are people who are even more surprised though. Friends from Arkansas can’t believe it, because they saw those boys as toddlers and remember them as the guys in the first picture. The whole thing made me think about our spiritual growth. Would people around us or those who have not seen us for a while be amazed by our growth in our walk with God?


We read in Luke 2:52 that “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” Even Jesus grew, and that growth was in ways much more important than height. Paul also considers maturing and growing in 1 Corinthians 13:11 where he writes, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” In Hebrews 5:12-14 we find an even more forceful message about growing: “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Spiritual growth is even more important than our physical growth. Let’s keep GROWING, WORKING, SHARING…TOGETHER.


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