February 12, 2014 | 11:02 am
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Michael Bos

What Helps Us Grow

Ok, admit it. When you speak to a cute baby you use weird sounds and made up words. We all do it, no matter how intelligent or sophisticated we are. Even Einstein probably leaned over an adorable baby and said, “Gitchee, gitchee, goo! What a cute little baby waby.” It makes us feel connected when we address a child in this way.

However, what do you think most helps a baby to learn to speak? It’s not “gitchee, gitchee, goo.” It’s when parents use a full and varied vocabulary while talking to their infants, and the more words used the better. Research has shown that some infants only hear an average of 100 words an hour, while others upwards of 2100 words an hour. And the more a child is talked to, the more advanced their language abilities are, which results in higher I.Q. results at a young age.

We shouldn’t gloss over the fact that in the beginning infants understand very little of what is being said. But by being exposed they come to comprehend the meaning of what is being said. I think the journey of faith is the same way. There is so much we don’t know about our faith, from the Bible to the practices of the churches in which we worship, but it’s ok not to know. We start as infants and grow in our faith. And the only way this happens is by being exposed to things we don’t yet understand. To hold back from the unknown is to put a hold on our spiritual growth.

Perhaps you’re holding back with getting involved because you don’t feel you know enough yet. Don’t wait any longer. Take the plunge, get involved, and expose yourself to the language and practices of the faith. With time, they will become an important part of the way you relate to God and others.

The Apostle Paul said, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully know” (1 Corinthians 13:12).