We look at them everyday, but how rarely we notice how our kids' facial features have changed from one year to the next. Unless we examine and compare, we don't get the full affect. Change that happens slowly can so often go unacknowledged and taken for granted. It's like the rotation of the Earth.
It's the same way with our growth as followers of Christ. The changes are day by day, moment by moment, choice by choice. Rare are the radical resolutions that turn our lives upside down and leave us different forevermore. We don't wake up one day looking and acting wholly Christ-like. In fact, when our desire is to obey day by day, moment by moment, choice by choice, we often find that we have no idea how transformed we've become until we examine and make note.
But, the same can be said of the unwanted change of spiritual softness and complacency. It happens slowly, bit by bit, so comfortably that you have no idea you've turned 180 degrees. The subtlety of "good enough" so easily masks the glory of what is intended for us.
So, I humbly ask, have you examined? Observed? Looked with a discerning eye? Day by day, moment by moment, choice by choice...it's how change happens.