Ok, so can anyone else relate?

I see a baby, even a small child, and cannot help but pull faces.

I think I suffer from baby-itis!

The joy and wonder expressed in a baby’s face. The innocence, the untapped potential. The path yet to walk.

I guess I see a small child and smile as I know our future sits there.

I think it’s great for us all to suffer a little from baby-itis… to connect with our little one’s in society and share a moment in their joy and wonder.

Just as exciting is the journey; learning to talk, first steps, starting school, learning and growing.

“My how you’ve grown” is an oft heard statement from people who haven’t seen our children in a while.

Physically we can’t help but progress … age takes our bodies on its journey through childhood, teenage years into adulthood and beyond.

The process cannot be halted – though many do attempt to slow its progress!

If my suffering from baby-itis was extended and next time I did the same to an adult in the shopping queue, I pulled funny faces and made cooing noises, well I am not sure it would elicit the same response.

Just as we know that physically we mature so too we need to emotionally and spiritually.

1 Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”So too must we seek to grow, to get into solid food when it comes to our faith.

If our attendance at church is what makes us Christian then it is not unlike baby-itis. Hoping the minister can feed you your week’s needs.

No, we need to nurture our Spirit just as we do our bodies… one meal a week wouldn’t sustain you physically, nor will once a week church attendance.

To grow, nurture, build your faith I encourage you to dig into the Scriptures everyday. To pray everyday. To worship everyday.

Retain the awe and wonder, the childlike expectation … but grow and desire deeper relationship with God.

He too revels in your maturing as we journey closer to the image in which we were made.