This week, I am doing the Scripture Writing Schedule on “All Grown Up,” and I’m so enjoying it already! The memory verse that I write each day is I Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spake as a child; I understood as a child; I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Have you ever really thought about that verse? How do children speak? They usually say whatever is on their minds at that moment! There isn’t a “gate” between their thoughts and their mouths. So, how do they understand things? Sometimes we think that they understood what we said (and yes, sometimes they really did – they just didn’t like it!), but think about how a baby thinks. Does an infant care that Mommy hasn’t gotten more than two hours of sleep at a time in over a month? No, babies just know that they’re hungry, and they want their needs to be met. We all start out a little selfish because we don’t understand what how “wants” may impact others. Children “think” in the “here and now.” They don’t remember much in the past, and they don’t understand “time” and what “waiting” is all about for the future. They are just happy to be alive right now!
Today’s additional scripture was I Corinthians 14:20. Paul writes, “Brethren, be not children in understanding, howbeit in malice, be ye children, but in understanding, be men.” Malice basically means to want to hurt someone, cause someone harm – in malice, we should be like children. Children are so forgiving. They don’t want to hurt you or hurt your feelings. Of course, a “kiss” is all it takes make a “boo-boo” better. We need to be like children when it comes to getting our feelings hurt – children don’t hold grudges. They can be fighting one minute and hugging the next. They forgive and forget.
Yet, Friends, when it comes to understanding – to be aware of other’s feelings; to be tolerant of other’s opinions and to comprehend that “I didn’t mean what you thought I said.” That is what it means to “become a man.” May you put away childish things. . . Simply blessed, Courtney