Put Away Childish Things

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Cor 13:11
I remember when I turned 12 years old, it was the day I was no longer a child.
I had a great collection of Hot Wheels cars, the track, super-boosters; the whole works.
When I turned twelve I decided that I was no longer going to play with toys. So I boxed everything up and put it in the closet and that was that. I never opened and played with my Hot Wheels again.
But last night it came to me how many other childish things there are about each of us.
I’ve watched as one child took a toy away from another, the whole time that child is yelling, “Mine!”
I realize that we, as Christian’s, haven’t put away our taunting of others and our selfishness.
I’ve watched children throw a temper tantrum when mom said that she wasn’t buying them a toy at the store.
It came to me that we [Christians] haven’t put away our little temper tantrums when we don’t get our way.
I have seen my own grandchildren stomp off and say “I don’t want any supper and I’m not going to eat any!”
I know some Christians that don’t come to church because they’ve stomped off saying they’re not going to church and that is that, and so they don’t.
When my grandchildren come over, sometimes they can make a real mess; and they just leave it.
Again, Christian’s often make a mess and then walk off for someone else to deal with.
“Momma, Haylee keeps looking at me!” becomes “Pastor, Sister Susie won’t apologize to me!”
The Sears Christmas catalogue arrives and the corner of every page gets turned down because there is something on there that the children want.
Christian’s go to God in prayer with a “wish list” of things they need from God.
Put on a cartoon and my grandchildren will be glued to the television for hours.
Make it a ball game, a movie, reality show, or a sitcom and we [Christians] will be glued to the same television for hours.
It seems to me that we haven’t quite put away childish things.

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