2012-10-26 - Growth
So far this year, my wife and both of my sons have had birthdays and been recognized as growing a year older. Both of my boys have grown in height, weight, and intellect. Although my wife may kill me for saying it she has grown in ways too: the wrinkles around her warm charming smile have grown a little more pronounced when she laughs and she has grown just slightly grayer headed, although admittedly much of that is due to me and the boys. I am no longer a spring chicken myself having passed what I consider to reasonably be the top of my life's hill. I have grown thinner on top and grown some nice crow's feet too. At work, I continue to try to grow my mind and pick up new skills when I can. My older son and wife read lots to continually grow mentally. I will also be growing another year older in just a couple of days come to think of it that is probably why I'm thinking about this subject.
Just recently my wife yanked up a bunch of plants in the garden and threw them into the compost piles since they were no longer growing or producing a harvest. She's got some small seedlings that are growing and will be harvested before our first frost. Growth is natural and healthy in humans and in plants.
If growth all around us is natural and expected in so many areas of our life why do so many people settle for a stagnant spiritual life with no signs of growth beyond a "saved" date scribbled inside a Bible somewhere and perhaps a baptism certificate as the only evidence indicating birth into a new life.
Hebrews 5:11-15 (NASB)
Look at your life over the last year. Is the only thing growing in your spirit the cobwebs? Have you grown in your spiritual life at all? If not where does the problem lie? A plant that is not growing and producing fruit is dying. Take a minute to read what Jesus had to say on the subject.
John 15:1-6 (NASB)
Living or dying? Thriving or withering? Where do you abide?