I have discovered that raising a baby comes with a lot of generalizations. As if babies all fit into the same predictable category because they are babies – HA!
Realistically, they are just itty-bitty people; and let’s be real, we know just how uniquely different each one of us is. Since making generalizations about adults and kids seems to get us into trouble, why does it seem okay to generalize babies? I know they can’t defend themselves, but all the same, maybe we should afford babies the same respect for their own uniqueness. For example, a few weeks ago, someone was so surprised my little one already has so many teeth and at how early his teeth started breaking through his gums.
It has reminded me that we are all created individually by God, each for a unique purpose. Thankfully, we are not all the same in how we grow and develop in our walk with the Lord. He has given us each a personal path and unique testimony, yet we still share commonalities. Those different life paths allow us to serve Christ and minister in different ways and reach many more for Him.
“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11
I too am guilty of generalizing people’s growth. Next time I attempt to do so, I will now be reminded to be careful in my judgement because we are each wonderfully crafted by God in His image. We each are called to seek and worship Him in the ways He created us to do so.
“Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. May those who fear You see me and be glad, because I wait for Your word.” Psalm 119:73-74
So, here is to the months ahead as our little man grows and changes, in his own unique way! Not to mention, lots and lots of teeth marks all over toys…it has begun!