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growth percentiles


The following statements are in no way intended to cast a shadow on anyone's approach to medical treatment but rather for the purpose of personal observation.

In recent years and even within the past few weeks I have been within ear shot of in-depth conversations about head circumferences in the 90th percentile and weight in the 20th percentile and parents expressing concern over those numbers. It seems as though much care and attention is given to monitoring these numbers. My question is how vital are these numbers? Are they utilized as a gauge or a guideline and do they foster undo alarm?

I don't consider myself to be old by any stretch of the imagination, but I grew up learning to utilize home remedies and Grandmas tried and true concoctions which proved very effective in treating various maladies. Calls upon and/or calls from the doctor were rare and only deemed necessary when the homeopathic approach appeared to require prescribed medical intervention.

From my earliest recollection until the time I left home I can only recall seeing the doctor maybe six times and half of those visits were for issues related to minor accidents. I do recall my share of colds , the mumps, the measles, ear aches and other childhood issues treated by my Mother or Grandmother. At no point and time did I hear the Doctor or anyone discussing my growth percentiles. No one appeared overly concerned that my brother was (and is) taller and bigger in stature than me or that my sister was (and is) much shorter and smaller in stature. Growth percentiles aside, it appears as though each of us have grown at a predetermined pace; and that; being normal for each of us. We were also raised in a loving, nurturing environment and properly nourished ( made to eat the green beans, peas , carrots, broccoli etc. ) that we did not like. We were even allowed to play in the dirt... go figure.

This brings to mind a few things God's Word has to say about each of us.

Psa 139:13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb.

Psa 139:14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous--and how well I know it.

Psa 139:15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

Psa 139:16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Job 10:10 You guided my conception and formed me in the womb.*

Job 10:11 You clothed me with skin and flesh, and you knit my bones and sinews together.

Clearly God is the giver as well as the sustain-er of life. His word, His precepts and commandments nourish and nurture. With so much focus on growth percentiles and the importance of proper balance why is there little regard for a personal relationship or an adherence to the gauge or the guidelines set-forth by The One who formed us in our mothers womb and has numbered our days?

There is a definite need for a focus on growth percentiles, but not so much the physical as the spiritual. A lack of growth in the things of God should be reason for much discussion and even alarm. God's Word tells us when we compare ourselves against ourselves we are not wise. We are also told there is a way that seems right unto man but leads to death; death meaning separation from God. We tend to focus on things that lead away from rather than towards God. It's imperative that we pay close attention to scriptures like Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 4:9 and Ephesians 6:4.

Pro 22:6 Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.

Deu 4:9 "But watch out! Be very careful never to forget what you have seen the LORD do for you. Do not let these things escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.

Eph 6:4 And now a word to you fathers. Don't make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord.

I do hope to be within ear shot of discussions about growth percentiles in the future but further hope to hear parents rejoicing over their children having an affirmative response to the things of God being instilled.

Our younger generations do need to see a focus on growth percentiles, but in the eternal not the temporal.

What percent are they; EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY what percent are we in God?

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