Within the Christian life lies the goal of growth. And not only should we be concerned with personal growth, but we should be concerned with the growth of others, as well. Therefore, those who are more mature in their faith must be careful to keep from placing stumbling blocks in the lives of others – things that could potentially hinder their growth. One analogy that I heard relates to the home. When parents have a young child, they do things to baby-proof the home. For instance, they don’t leave scissors sitting on the coffee table. Is it safe for the parents to use scissors? Of course! But it’s not safe for a child to use them. They also put covers over the electrical outlets. Now if parents continued this when their child was say 16, then it would be a little ridiculous. Those who are young in their faith need help and encouragement to grow, but they cannot be treated like babies their whole lives. To the contrary, our goal should be to help people grow to a place of maturity while personally seeking to grow to a place of maturity, too.