“I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up. Not me!” —Peter Pan
Chiming in on this mantra as a child, seemed like a noble quest—like something I should crow about—but in reality, as an adult, I know this way of thinking is only fun in fairy tales. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for fun and games, but refusing to own up to grown-up attitudes and responsibilities ushers in mountains of hardship and pain, not only for me but for others.
God’s word tells us, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways” (1 Corinthians 13:11 ESV).
What childish ways do you hold onto? In what areas do you refuse to grow up? Have you spoken like a child, thought like a child, or acted like a child lately?
I think not, you say?
When was the last time you insisted on your own way? Took something that wasn’t yours? Didn’t care what others thought? Wasted time? Talked about someone behind their back or spoke unkind words to their face?
Stings, doesn’t it?
Believe me. I feel your pain.
Perhaps we should change our mantra. How does this sound? “I wanna grow up.
I wanna grow up. I wanna grow up. That’s me!”
Yep! Letting go of our childish ways is definitely something to grow as well as crow about.
Ready? All together now…