The British are growing; the British are growing . . . at least according to a report from the BBC. Over the last one hundred years the average height of British males at age 21 rose from 167.05cm (5ft 5in) in 1871-1875 to 177.37cm (5ft 10in) in 1971-1975. Professor Tim Hatton of the University of Essex said, “Increases in human stature are a key indicator of improvements in the average health of populations.” (The Daily Star)
Dr. John Middleton, Faculty of Public Health, agrees saying, “Increasing height is a reflection of how the availability of food and nutrition had broadly improved, until the recent excesses of fat and sugar.” (The Daily Star)
Whether it is a result or in spite of our diets, most of the industrialized world has been growing, which is a good thing, but there is another area where believers ought to be growing. With all of the readily accessible bible studies, sermons, podcasts, books, conferences and yes, even apps, we ought to be growing in accordance to 2 Peter, “In the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For to him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
Our personal spiritual growth comes as a result of our partnership with God. He truly is deserving of praise for this both now and forever, but just like physical growth can’t happen without eating of the better food, neither can our spiritual growth happen unless we partake of these great resources.
So, be thankful for all the resources that are at your disposal, and your growth will be measureable as well.
2 Peter 3:18
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.”
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“Men’s Average Height up 11 cm Since 1870’s.” The Daily Star. BBC Online, 02 September 2013. Web. 28 September 2013.