There is joy and excitement when a baby takes his/her first steps.
Just like a parent who rejoices over a baby’s first steps, so our heavenly Father delights in our steps as we seek to walk with Him. The goal is growth. Once a toddler walks, the parents’ delight shifts to more mature achievements. Our Father loves us and patiently cheers us on as we develop in our walk with Him.
Amidst all our frailties, temptations and failures, God sees our innermost thoughts and motives. What’s important to the Lord is our heart. He knows how much we love Him. Even in our stumbling, He helps us up and encourages us through His Word.
Paul gives us clear direction as to how we should go about growing in our walk with God when he says: "Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light and find out what pleases the Lord." (Ephesians 5:1,8,10)
As we live to please Him, we can imagine our Father looking at us and exclaiming with delight: "That's My boy! That's My girl!"
Have a really good day.
Mike and Daphne