… that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every work and increasing in the knowledge of God;…Colossians 1:10, NKJV

“See, Mrs. Wilson!”

My first graders always loved to show off the empty space in their mouths created by their newest lost tooth. The school nurse, barraged by so many of these youngsters and knowing their pride in the whole process, would supply them with little “tooth necklaces” in which they could carry their latest loss. I could only guess that this experience represented their pride in “growing up.”

Once we reach adulthood, there are fewer and fewer indications of growth left for us—at least indications of which we are proud! However, the Bible makes it clear that God watches for signs of growth in our Christian lives. He wants us to have spiritual wisdom, understanding, and knowledge of Him. He wants to see these character traits through our daily actions.

It’s important to take a step back and look at our progress at times. Some Christians do this by journaling their walk with God. Others work with a friend in an accountability relationship. Others take advantage of Christian conferences to get a spiritual “shot in the arm.”

Today, let’s ask ourselves, Do I see growth in my spiritual life? If so, what are the signs? In what ways can I continue to grow closer to God every day?

Dear Lord, We take a moment to commit our lives to grow in our relationship with You. We ask You to guide us. Thank you, Lord, Amen.

Copyright Shirley Wilson.

Shirley is a retired member and former board member of Christian Educators.

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