Words from the Heart for Thursday February 20th, 2020
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT)
In 1990, Canada took the step of signing the Convention on the Rights of the Child to solidify its efforts to protect children. Canada has long had a tradition of protecting children and played a key role in the negotiations that led to the adoption and ratification of three Conventions on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol on Children in Armed Conflict and the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.
Hopefully, as adults, we no longer act or think as we did when we were children. The maturing process can be long and at times arduous and painful. The teen years and early twenties allow us to discover who we are and what will give us purpose and joy in life. The maturing process takes longer for some but if we are healthy, we will come to a point where we can stand on our own and live a responsible life. This is certainly true in a spiritual sense. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:9-11, “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” Like life in general, the Christian life is one of slowly maturing in the faith. It is normal and healthy for a follower of Jesus to grow up spiritually, to reach the point where we no longer desire spiritual milk but meat, to use a Biblical analogy. We should be able to look back on our spiritual journey and see how we have grown up in Jesus. Can you?
These have been words from the heart.