The most difficult secret for a man to keep is the opinion he has of himself

I warn everyone among you not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance, but to rate his ability with sober judgment. – Rom 12:3

A little boy struggled to rehang the growth chart that had come off the inside of his closet door. He finally got it hung as straight as possible. Then he backed up against it, placed a ruler against his head, and reached up to mark the place on the chart where the ruler touched it. “I’ve grown ten inches,” he cried in joy as he ran to the kitchen to tell his mother the new measurement. “I’m four feet eleven inches tall!”

His mother recognized that something must be amiss so she followed him back to his room. She quickly noted what had happened. First, the boy had hung the chart so the bottom of it touched the floor, instead of being hung six inches above the floor as called for on the chart’s instructions. Then, when holding the ruler he had held it at an angle.

The boy was disappointed as his mother adjusted the chart and then remeasured him. “If you hadn’t measured yourself,” she asked, “would you have been happy with a growth of an inch and a half? That’s really a lot for just one summer.” The boy thought for a moment and then said: “Well, at least I didn’t shrink.”

When measuring spiritual growth we need to leave the measuring up to God, not ourselves.

(From God’s Little Devotional Book for Men, Honor Books)