How many parents have peeked around the door as their little girl slogs around in Mom’s shoes pretending to be a grown up? Or their son trumpets Dad’s driving vocabulary at the moment the outburst will deliver the highest degree of embarrassment? The scenes are ripe with humor but the hilarity evaporates as we grasp the bigger picture. One day those tiny feet will fill grownup shoes and take steps in the adult world. While the child loves growing up Mom and Dad might prefer to slow the passage of time.
The little room off our kitchen has various designations. Shawn prefers “pantry”. The girls described it as the “craft closet” since it housed their art supplies. I referred to it as the “crap closet” in a stressed moment when I could not recall either of the other names. Want to guess which designation stuck? The door frame in that space became the family growth chart, and our girls loved to mark their progress.
Shawn served as measurement official and strived to keep the results honest. I’m not sure how she knew someone was stretching to gain leverage, but she knew and corrected the behavior with an air-releasing poke to the ribs. Shawn insisted all marks be recorded when the subject was in sock feet. No exceptions. As the lines moved up the wall, the girls celebrated.
Height is only one aspect of growth. Grades in school and regular promotions to the next level indicated good change. Decision-making and wisdom in choices reflected maturing thought processes. Accepting and following through with responsibility demonstrated readiness for greater challenges and privileges. The wall marks were important, but the day-to-day evidences of movement toward adulthood were crucial.
Wonder if God has a door frame where He tracks my spiritual growth? Am I as concerned over maturing spiritually as my daughters were over growing taller? Is there evidence of spiritual development? Questions like these are uncomfortable, right?
David was certainly concerned with God’s appraisal of his life. He gave God an invitation to dig around and evaluate every nook and cranny.
Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.
Psalm 26:2 NASB
Paul urged us to evaluate our spiritual condition. Note I am to compare myself to God’s standards not measure myself against another believer.
Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!
2 Corinthians 13:5 NASB
For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.
Galatians 6:3-4 NASB
Would God be scribing another line on my chart today … or has my growth stopped?