Big Heads and Growth Spurts

Written in March 2009…

At Isaiah’s sixth month check-up, the pediatrician confirmed what we already thought to be true: our son has a huge head. Upon arriving, our very competent nurse took him to do the routine check of his length, weight, and head circumference. That day, however, this confident, experienced health professional suddenly became strangely uncertain of her own abilities. She measured his head three times herself and then called in another nurse to double check, only to find that her calculations were indeed correct. Isaiah’s head had grown from 16 ½ in. to 18 in. around since his last appointment! That’s right; he hit the 90 something percentile range. They chalked it up to him being intelligent and having a big brain, but maybe that’s just what they tell moms so they’re not self-conscious about their kids’ disproportionate melons!

God again taught me truth through a simple occurrence in life with my precious boy. I thought to myself: if I was able measure my own spiritual growth, would mine over the past two months would be as impressive? Have I matured so much lately in my faith and love for the Lord that it causes others to do a double take?

In Colossians 1, Paul prays that the believers would “live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way.” He also does give us some “measuring tape” to determine the growth and intensity of our spiritual lives:

…bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. (Colossians 1:10-12)

If I apply this growth chart to our growing bodies (notice I excluded our growing waistlines ), a life that pleases the Lord consists of…

growing hands and feet that have been even more busy doing good works,
a growing mind that knows God and His Truth more intimately,
growing muscles that have flexed more often with power in daily spiritual battle,
growing legs that are even slower to become weary in running the race,
growing ears that are more patient to listen and a mouth that is slower to speak,
and a growing heart that has deeper joy and unwavering thankfulness towards her Father.

How does your growth chart look? Does it spike into the high percentiles or stagnantly hang around where it’s always been? In answering Paul’s prayer, let’s strive to grow so much that by next month we hardly recognize each other! Prayerfully consider the areas in which you need a growth spurt and…Get growing!

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