A 20-Year-Old in a Toddler’s Body

Meet Brooke Greenburg (left) and her mother Melanie (right).  Believe it or not, Brook was born in 1993 and recently turned twenty years old.  Sadly, before the age of five Brook completely stopped growing and developing.  She weighs 16 pounds and is 20 inches tall.  She has to wear diapers, be fed through a tube and pushed around in a stroller.  Her mother estimates her mind is like that of a six month old infant, giggling and laughing when happy.  Since Brooke’s situation is unlike any other in the world, the doctors have no idea why this happened.  The good news is Brooke was born into a wonderful family who loves her and cares for her (Yahoo News).

It is beyond obvious something is not normal with Brooke, especially since this is the only known case in the world.  We all understand that growth and maturity are natural parts of life.  This doesn’t just apply physically, but it applies spiritually as well.  Paul said of Christians who should be mature but are still infants, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.  For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.  But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14).

Situations like Brooke’s are heartbreaking.  It is so difficult to see a child who will never be able to fully enjoy and experience this life.  However, it is even more upsetting to see and hear of those who have been Christians for many years, yet act like spiritual babies.  These are Christians who put work, family, school, and sports above the Lord.  These are Christians who deprive themselves from the most basic elements of prayer, Bible study, and worship.  These are Christians who think, talk, act, and dress like the world.

Thankfully, Brooke will one day be given a mature and eternal body up in heaven (1 Corinthians 15:42-44).  But Christians who refuse to grow spiritually are endangering their salvation and the reward of heaven (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3; 1 Peter 2:2-3; Hebrews 5:14).  The bottom line is, we must continue to grow and mature as Christians.  Therefore, the one question we must ask ourselves is, “Am I growing spiritually?”