Growing Pains

2 Thessalonians 1:3–6

Additional Scripture Readings: Psalm 92:12–13

1 Thessalonians 3:12–13

As moms, our days can be so hectic we can’t tell whether we’re coming or going, much less growing. We can stand our five-year-old against the wall and see tangible evidence of growth by marking a spot two inches above last year’s measurement. But when we look at our own lives, sometimes all we can see growing are our toenails! Infants don’t praise us when we master patience, and our school-age children won’t notice if we clean up our thought life. When we go to the wall to mark our progress, our growth may not be apparent to us.

Sometimes we need to see the reflection of our growth in someone else’s eyes. Paul offers such a gift to the Thessalonians—a gift that meets their need and reveals our own. He praises their growth.

We can share our internal goals with our husband and ask him for feedback. We could record our thoughts and progress in a journal. Or we can share with a friend how we’d like to grow and ask her to hold us accountable.

As we grow, we have Paul’s assurance that God will count us worthy of his calling and that he will fulfill every good purpose in our lives (see 2 Thessalonians 1:11).

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