Michael lost his first tooth (the hole on the bottom, the top is due to his clefting)!!! As I was brushing his teeth last night I saw that the tooth was finally ready to pull, so I told him I was just going to give it a wiggle and see if it was ready. In a second or two is was plucked out. He said, "Is that MY tooth?" Yep... the first one. The "tooth fairy" generously left him a nice, crisp one dollar bill.
Isn't it funny the things that we mark as the next steps towards growing up? The loss of the first tooth... gaining 6 year molars... the 13th birthday... then the 16th... the driver's license... the 18th birthday... high school graduation... okay...you get the picture. All through our lives, and the lives of our children, we mark events that show our physical growth.
I wonder, besides baptism, is there anything we use to mark our spiritual growth. Kind of a shame that we don't have benchmarks that chronicle our continued growth in Christ. But maybe, that would be too hard to do... we all grow at different rates... we all backslide at some point or the other... the chart might soon begin to look like a complete traffic jam! Guess the main thing is that, while others might not always see the visible signs of our growth in Christ (like a lost tooth!) we should all continue to make gains in our walks... because GOD sees those benchmarks, whether anyone else does or not!!