from Amphibious Force Pacific Fleet – The Amphibian
Religion is often represented in the Bible as growth, since real religion is the result of growth. To “grow in grace” is to increase in all that constitutes true religion.
Let us not forget that religion can be cultivated and can grow just as can any other virtue of the soul or of character. religion is likely to be very feeble in its beginnings, like the sprouting of a plant. It increases and grows as it is cultivated.
No one becomes really good, any more than anyone becomes really learned, or rich, or great, who does not intend it, purpose it, work at it. In other words, we have about as much religion as we wish to have. We possess about the sort of character we propose to possess.
In order to really grow spiritually we must first grow downward; we must develop roots. In order to do this we must know ourselves; this requires self-examination. The Lenten Season is a good time to begin.
Then of course our goal is to grow upward. Most of us live too near the ground. our branches do not reach upward into the light and sunshine of God’s Love. Plants and vegetation and trees grow toward the sun, the source of light and life.
It is in this direction that we must grow — toward God, the source of Life and Light – if we are to live satisfactory lives, which shall be to the Glory of God and of service to our fellowmen. Only in this way will be contribute to “peace on earth and good will toward men.”