The Best Kind of Growth

Measuring progress

For years, we kept a tattered chart inside our pantry door for marking our children’s height at different ages.


“Well-rounded” certainly describes the childhood growth of Jesus. “And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52).

Of these four, what’s most important? What’s often most neglected?

Progress of what kind?

Paul commended Timothy for his “sincere faith,” which he also found in Timothy’s mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5).

And how did Timothy develop that faith? “. . . from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (3:15).

So, parents, what will it take for our children to grow like that?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB:

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