Putting Away Childish Things

 

Football season begins in September, and with it a wealth of learning experiences from my youth. One such moment had to do with my cousin, Herman Rider (now my brother-in-law). Dad was one of those guys who loved football and followed the Basile Bearcats, taking along his boys to the Friday Night Games. The year Herman played I quit playing catch with the other guys and actually watched with interest (since we were kin), these hero’s of the grid iron. I remember running to the area the players would exit the field for half time and try to touch them as the passed by. They all seemed like giants and I knew most of their names, though none probably knew mine it didn’t matter, they were my heroes. Now, step ahead about 10 years, and Gilda and I are going to her folk’s house for supper when I am told that Herman is dating Brenda, Gilda’s sister. Herman, my hero, from times past. I was so excited to meet this giant of a man. When I entered the house looking for my huge cousin… hero, I stood speechless… for there was the face I remembered, but I was looking eye to eye with him. What happened? That was the thought of my mind… how could he not tower over me? I learned that day a very important lesson. The things we learn as children have a way of creating distortions to the truth that really exists. Many of our beliefs are easily shattered by reality when we neglect to grow spiritually. This is the reason so many believers get caught up in heresy today, they never grew from their childhood spiritually and the first time they are challenged, they lose faith and become enamored by the “spiritual leader” who “opened their eyes to the truth”. “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 13:11-12 )
You and I must encourage our youth, young adults, and ourselves to continually study and expand on the truths we learned as children so that we will understand the full truth of God’s Word. “Be diligent (study) to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”( 2 Tim 2:15) 
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