1 Corinthians 13:11 “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.” 

I remember the Toys R Us jingle, “I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid…” I used to think that song only related to kids but it makes so much sense for some of the adults I’ve run into stuck in a prolonged adolescents.

They don’t want to assume responsibility for their lives. They don’t want to practice discipline. They don’t want to practice delayed gratification. They don’t want to deny themselves of temporary pleasure in exchange for a life of purpose. They just want to play. But if you play now you pay later.

At some point we all have to grow up. Growing up means:

  1. You have to stop thinking like a child. A child thinks of itself only. A child is very narcissistic. They haven’t learned service over self. You have to start delaying gratification for the things that are more important than the immediate.
  1. You have to stop acting childish. You can’t have an emotional meltdown every time things don’t go your way. Grown ups learn how to resolve conflict in a healthy way. Children “act out” children air their dirty laundry on social media. Adults are discreet.
  1. Stop speaking childishly.A man only cusses because he doesn’t have the words to express himself. An adult thinks before they speak. It’s better to be silent and be thought to be wise than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
  1. Put childish ways behind you. Once you recognize the errors of your ways it’s time to begin to work on you. If you have anger issues go through anger management. If you have addiction issues go through a recovery program. The only way to put childish ways behind you is to learn adult ways of dealing.

Do not be confirmed by the patterns of this “Toys R Us World” but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

 

Dear God,

Thank you for helping me to grow up. Continue to reveal to me the areas in my life where I need to grow up. I will not finish growing up until I go up. No matter how high I get I will still be looking up to you. You are my standard for growth.

 In Jesus Name,

 Amen