My life currently revolves around a nine-month-old baby. I spend inordinate amounts of my time feeding, cleaning, and entertaining a fabulous little bundle of joy who never fails to keep me on my toes. She’s ever changing, always growing, and each day she seems to throw a new trick my way. Last week she learned to wave. Then she said her first words. And this week she started making some serious progress crawling across the room…backwards.

It’s a fascinating activity watching her discover with great delight a new skill she’s suddenly got, and then do it again and again and again until she’s mastered it, slipping the new skill into her ever-expanding bag of tricks.

But it’s got me thinking – when was the last time I learned a new skill? When was the last time I showed progress? Or growth?

Not just in my ability to get across the room (I like to think I nailed that one a few years back), but in my faith, in my discipleship. When was the last time I tried something new, developed a new spiritual gift, went outside my comfort zone? Maybe to share my faith with someone in a new way. Or experimenting with a new way of spending time with God. Or praying for and practicing a new spiritual gift.

Our faith is meant to grow. Discipleship is a journey, not a destination. If our faith and our discipleship looks exactly the same as it did last week, last month or even last year, it’s time for a change.

It won’t be long until my little girl is getting up off her hands and knees and taking her brave first steps. I’m going to be searching for my next brave first steps of faith, looking to see what’s new with me, where God is bringing growth, and launching myself into it. Why not think about doing the same?

“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” 1 Timothy 4:15