I’m still thinking about this morning’s Text for today. Just one verse. A familiar verse. In a most familiar chapter. I Corinthians 13. Often referred to as the Love Chapter.
11 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. Source: I cor 13 ESV;CJB – The Way of Love – If I speak in the – Bible Gateway
Children act like children. They speak like children. They think like children. They reason, argue, like children.
So why are we surprised when they do?
But that’s not the part that is hanging with me.
It’s the when I became a man, I GAVE up childish ways.
Gave up it reads. Gave up as in it’s a choice. I handed it over. Released a hold on. Laid down. You know GAVE UP.
So have I? Not often enough.
Sad how we can revert to childish ways even into our 60s (which by the way is way beyond childhood years 🙂
Perhaps this is still on my mind for a reason.
The Green Box
Those of you who have known me for a few years know I have a Green Box. Since 2000 it has been collecting Christmas Gift prayers to JESUS.
I wonder if JESUS would like for my Christmas Gift to Him to be that I GIVE UP my childish ways? I know I won’t be perfect in this gift giving. And I know I will slip up, probably often, but I am hoping I will slip up less often after writing this post. 🙂
I think I know what’s going in the Green Box this year. Actually, I am looking at a double gift this year; in part thanks to Ann Voskamp in her book Unwrapping the Greatest Gift – something she wrote. It stung more than a little the other night when I read it, especially since Hubby was listening and he knows the truth. “You know you have a Baal when you cut yourself down or cut anyone else down.” See what I mean? And now that I have aired this much dirty laundry, I’m going to hush. 🙂
A Blessed Christmas to you, my Friends