We cannot measure spiritual progress in life quantitatively, but we can evaluate progress by comparison of present maturity to the past and against the standard of becoming like Jesus Christ in character, attitude and actions. God's approval is determined by obedience to His word, not by circumstances (good or bad) or the approval of others. Personal standards vary - we are not to judge each other by them. Intellectual excellence is arises out of curiosity, investigation and experimentation. Moral excellence arises out of obedience to God. Leave a godly legacy to the next generation.