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Had I known that our family would be moving as often as we did, I would have made a portable growth chart for each one of my children. Some Martha Stewart types probably did that. But I only thought of it with immeasurable sorrow when my sister painted over all those pencil marks on the wall. I knew she would be painting. I forgot about the treasured information that dreary wall held. Fortunately, the loss of that chart did not prevent my children from further growth. It did, however, prevent some gathering of family history. Did son grow as quickly as father? Did daughter grow faster than son? When were the greatest spurts? What year was it that our son was a head taller than his classmates?
Would that we could measure other aspects of growth by drawing a line on the wall. Wisdom, character building, emotional well-being, spiritual development, and even academic knowledge are not so easily charted. How do we chart the path that transforms a seemingly hopeless case into an admirably solid person? Or a Bible-quoting egotist into a courageous person of God? How do we pinpoint the factors, influences, and happenings of a person's life that move them in the direction of God?
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