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.