I so enjoy my grandchildren. This morning my three year old grandson came flying up to me so excited that he had dressed himself. He was so proud of himself it was kinda hard to correct the way he had put his socks on…upside down. When I helped him we laughed and celebrated his victory over clothes! He then ran off to his next adventure.
When he left I chuckled and said to myself, “I wish I could still celebrate the understanding of simple things as a small child does”. But then the Spirit spoke to me. He reminded me that I should not desire to celebrate the things a child does. I’m a grown up. I have grown beyond struggling to put my clothes on. My joy and confidence should come from deeper things. Now, I’m not talking about being a grumpy grown up. I know there is the beauty of a child that we should keep. Like going to our Heavenly Father as a child. Rather, I’m talking about growing up. I am reminded of the scripture in 1 Corinthians, chapter 13.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:11-12
As we grow and mature in the Lord, we leave our childishness behind. We press in to understand the deeper things of God. In the passage above it is talking about LOVE. Pouring out love, understanding love and lavishing God’s love on all those we come in contact with. This is what growing up is all about. Understanding that all we “do” for God is nothing, absolutely nothing…without LOVE.
So, I’m glad I’m older (yes, I said it!). I’m glad I’m not a child anymore. And I encourage you to continue (or begin) to seek God in new ways, in deeper ways, in everlasting ways!