Jayden lost his very first baby tooth this week (it needed just a little help from Dad), and Joelle had to have a baby tooth pulled by the dentist because it was stuck and wouldn't come out.
And that got me thinking about loss and maturity.
Growing into maturity in Christ can be a lot like losing baby teeth. It hurts, there can be some blood, and it's a little scary. But those baby teeth that served us well when we were little must come out so that the adult teeth can grow in straight and healthy. We must lose the things of our infancy to gain the things of maturity. And sometimes we need help from our Father. Sometimes we need help from a professional.
Loss is a part of growing up, becoming the grown-ups in Christ that we are meant to be.
What kind of loss have you suffered lately? Could it be that God is making a space for something new, something mature, something bigger and better?
So, mourn your losses, but also look forward to God growing something new, straighter, stronger, and more mature in the empty space created by loss.
“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.” --Philippians 3:8