Gift Of Growth


“One of the most notable characteristics of great men is that they continue to develop as they grow older. While the majority of men reach their maturity somewhere in middle life, there are a few rare spirits who never lose this gift of growth; and assuredly Cyril Garbett was one of them. He was always looking forward. Even when his physical and intellectual powers began to fail, he was growing spiritually to the very end” (John Stott, “Christian Life—Cyril Garbett’s Focus on Growth,” in The Preacher’s Notebook: The Collected Quotes, Illustrations, and Prayers of John Stott, ed. Mark Meynell [Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2018], Logos). Here is an article explaining the life of Cyril Garbett; it describes his strengths and his weaknesses: