I’m just wondering, Lord, what is the measure of spiritual growth? I don’t think it’s how many verses I have memorized, because my brain is kind of past that capability. I’m into the process of daily renewing just to keep refreshing the quickly fading inventory in my storehouse. I guess, it’s all part of the struggle. I don’t think it’s the number of spiritual meetings and study groups I attend, though I grow closer to you at each one. Someone said the measures may be health, happiness and holiness. Okay, maybe, but I would narrow the three to one, holiness. Lead me if I’m wrong, Holy Spirit, but it seems to me that the more like Jesus I become, the more holy my life choices will be. Consequently, happiness and health rise in concert with holiness and righteousness. So, lead me to greater holiness, Lord, fully experiencing your joy. Give me a pure and healthy heart that is tuned to hear the song you sing over me. May I grow ever closer to you, Jesus. I ask in your powerful name and authority, according to the good and perfect will of the Father. Amen.

“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11 ESV)