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Failure to Thrive


  One of the saddest sights that a person can witness is to see a child suffering from FTT (Failure to Thrive). Something has gone wrong when you compare a healthy child’s height and weight to that of a child suffering from FTT. A diagnosis can be determined when you consider the normal size and growth of the average child compared to the child not growing. This condition can arise for several reasons. This condition can be caused by various factors, including inadequate nutrition, underlying medical conditions, feeding difficulties, or social and environmental factors affecting a child's development.


 Can a Christian suffer from FTT spiritually? Absolutely! However, our spiritual DNA is not the problem because we are born into the family of God, and God is our Father. “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Peter 1:23). “Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). There problem is not with the seed/DNA of us being a new creation. Therefore, we must look at the apparent source, self.


 When it is discovered that FTT in a child does not involve genetics, those responsible for the child are scrutinized. God’s word will do what it’s designed to do. What I do or fail to do impacts my growth in the Lord. In this body, we do many things; are they spiritual in nature? There are many things we see as inconsequential. Do I see my spiritual life as insignificant?


 God desires to grow us up in Him. You may be short in stature. However, you can become a spiritual giant. 1 Peter 2:2-3 “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”


 Today, let's compare our spiritual selves to where God wants us to be. Are we thriving or failing? God provides the right family, environment, and nourishment for you to thrive if you desire it.


©07/20/2024, Courtney Henderson



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