The Growing Christians Devotional blog contains short, timely posts by Ron Reid and Catherine Reid.

Real Puppies and Fake Christians

Is that a real dog, or is it a stuffed animal? Pictures of our new puppy leave most people wondering if we’re just conducting photo ops with a plush toy. You can hardly blame them.  Kodi’s appearance draws gasps of admiration everywhere she goes… from friends to complete strangers — even shouts from passing car […]

Lost Without a Cell Phone

A gentle rain had been falling for hours. I stepped outside and scurried to my car… hands full, fumbling for my keys, trying to keep my stuff dry. Then the unthinkable happened: my phone slipped from my grasp. I watched in horror as it plunged, end-over-end, and splashed unceremoniously into a murky pool on the […]

Why Choose Joy?

Perhaps you’ve seen this little meme on social media — posted by one of your overzealous snow-loving friends. You know the type. They welcome an incoming storm as if it were Santa toting a bag full of goodies. They get goose bumps at the latest Doppler images and celebrate predicted snowfall accumulations like kids on […]

What’s that up in the Sky?

Standing in line with a bunch of strangers in the middle of the night… it sounds like something only fanatical shoppers do on Black Friday. But deal-hunting was not on anyone’s agenda here. This crowd had gathered explore the unknown. A chance to take a peek into the depths of outer space. The moonless night […]

The Kid in the Cowboy Hat

Everyone just called him “Tex.” He was stuck with it. The poor guy relocated from a ranch outside El Paso to suburban Chicago… right smack in the middle of his senior year in high school. I’ll never forget the day Tex ambled through our classroom door. Western boots, Wrangler jeans, and a plaid button-up tucked […]

Trick-or-Treating at Willy Wonka’s

For some, Halloween is all about masks, wigs, and crazy costumes. But when I was a kid, there was only one thing that mattered: free candy. Every October, my brother and I would rummage around in the basement and piece together anything that would pass for a legit trick-or-treat disguise. It didn’t really matter what […]

What’s in the Box?

“You’re putting God in a box…” It’s a phrase I heard dozens of times when I was a kid, but never really understood. I always pictured an old shoe box… the kind us kids would use if we caught a grasshopper or caterpillar in the yard.  We’d punch some air holes in the top with […]

Christians, We Can Do Better

When you think of a small town, this one was smaller. The main drag featured a run-down Sunoco and an ice cream shack that opened at dusk under dim yellow lights. Across the street, the sign on an aging diner spelled, “E A T” in large letters, and a tiny market sold a little of […]

Starbucks & Christianity

I’m not a coffee guy. Sorry. Never have been. I don’t know why. All that fappachino-mocha-latte lingo sure sounds enticing… but as much as I’ve tried, I just can’t relate to the pleasures of a warm cuppa joe. Being an outsider in java-land, the quirks and demands of the coffee-driven crowd are compelling to watch. […]

If You Could be Anyone in the World…

Back in the mid-1970s, my living room came to life every Saturday night with the lights and sirens of my favorite TV show, “Emergency!” The action virtually jumped right off our sweet 21-inch, black & white, low-def screen. I carried an “Emergency!” lunch box to school every day, and dreamed of being a paramedic like […]