I saw an old picture of some of my secondary school colleagues and memories came rushing back. There was something about the picture- even though they were all on their school uniforms, they all wore bathroom slippers.
Then I remembered how leaving your sandals and wearing bathroom slippers looked like a thing that “big boys” do back in the days. But looking at it today, it looked childish and outrightly silly.
Growth changes perspective. Paul said so also: “When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am an adult, I have no more use for childish ways.”
1 Corinthians 13:11 GNT
There are attitudes of a child that must be retained such like child-like faith and a child’s attitude to forgiveness. Jesus taught using a child as a prototype for greatness:
“I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.” Matthew 18:2-5 MSG
Growth must show you habits and attitudes to discard and the ones to retain. Growth must make you realise that the things you were once proud of were nothing but childish. Growth must reveal our folly and reinforce our faith.
What has growth changed and what has growth shown in you? Growing is normal. Not growing is abnormal.
Are you growing? What has dropped off? What is retained?