Being the youngest has its benefits. Little kids get a lot of extra special treatment from relatives, and when you are little you feel like your routine allows for more “fun.” When my daughter Elianna was small, that “fun” included a backyard fort/swing/slide.
Then came the day she was no longer interested in the fort/swing/slide. My baby was growing up.
This weekend my husband and I made some changes to our backyard. Our old rusty patio furniture was replaced. To improve the view, we decided to give away the fort/swing/slide that had a prominent place in the center of our yard for some seven years now.
My baby had a fit. I haven’t seen her this emotional in a long time. She doesn’t use the fort anymore, but letting go of it meant letting go of a piece of her childhood. Never mind that the family we gave the fort to has 2-year-old twin boys who will get more use out of it than my daughter. The extra room in the back yard will give my daughter room to play more grown up games, games that will help her grow physically and mentally.
There are stages of life and it’s often difficult to move from one stage to the next. It’s not easy to put away the childish things even though we yearn for the more grown up things. Elianna is rapidly becoming a “tween” but some days she would rather be a little kid again.
I think that our Christian life is a little like this. We like the familiar. We’re happy with our spiritual life as it is. We like the idea of doing something more, but we stick with what is familiar. We go to church on Sunday, maybe sing in the choir or volunteer to usher. But our growth stops there. We don’t want to leave the familiar surroundings of the church and venture out to where we will stretch and grow. We don’t want to grow up in the Lord because sometimes that means letting go of something, and doing some hard spiritual work.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
1 Corinthians 13:11
My question today: Is there something in my life that I need to let go of in order to grow my faith? What about you?
Have a blessed day.
The following piece really touched me this morning. It’s about living with the Saturday mindset. May you be richly blessed and encouraged as you read it.
From InTouch Ministries – http://www.intouch.org
In the Story of Easter, Saturday normally gets lost.
The days (and even the few years) preceding it, however, were filled with amazing events and words. If it were a symphony, it would have all risen to a resounding yet horrific crescendo: the arrest and trial, the scourging and crucifixion, the agony on the cross, the death, the day turning to utter darkness, the ground shaking as if to split the earth, the veil tearing in two . . .
And then, just like the famous pause in Handel’s Messiah, it all comes to a screeching halt. Jesus is buried—and it is all over.
With Jesus gone, the disciples were left with nothing but the memories and His words, neither of which seemed to be affecting them, for they huddled in fear on Saturday, having little faith in what He had promised. The disciples had painted their own picture of who Messiah was supposed to be—a narrative they wanted Him to fulfill.
How many of us believers live with a Saturday mindset—somewhere between the truth of Jesus’ earthly life and the glorious resurrection that validated everything He said and did? It is easy to look at the disciples’ fear and lack of faith on that day and shake our heads. But are we so different, really? Do we have our own plans for God? Do you and I conveniently believe that the best thing for us is that God and everyone else follow our script for the day? Do we get angry when it doesn’t happen?
Do you find yourself speaking words that increasingly convey a lack of hope? Are they words of discouragement, gloom, doom—maybe even despair?
Two choices lie before those of us who live with such a mentality. Either we make the frustrating and futile attempt to get our own way, or we turn and revisit the truth of what God has told us: the truth about Himself and the truth about ourselves; the truth about what He has asked us to do in the disappointment of “Saturday.”
The disciples had not yet received the Holy Spirit. We now have Him in full. They did not have the fullness of God’s Word. We have all of it at ready access. They were living on the other side of the resurrection. We live in its reality.
Because the Truth, dear friends, is that the music will resume. Sunday’s coming! What an awesome Saturday we have been given!