Saturday, March 19, 2016

Something to think about

1 Corinthians 13:11 'When I was a child I spoke as I child, I thought as a child, I understood as a child, but when I became a man (adult) I put away childish things.'

When I think of some of the things I spoke as a child, even a young woman I cringe.  To think I thought in my own mind, ignorance and yet had an opinion about everything.  Thank goodness my family forgave me and God matured me.

Well, I am not fully matured, at 58 and in a few days...59 years old.  Yet, to be a fully mature Christian woman.

I remember thinking when my mother passed away that now I am the older generation.  Yikes!  The age didn't bother me as much as knowing I must now speak a little more mature and act with more wisdom.  I know that is silly since I am quite a bit more mature than that young woman I used to be, yet it was a wake up call.

For God has called me to be a Titus woman. I am here to help guide the younger folks with the word of wisdom and live a life that is both pleasing to God and a good influence on others.
The times of having a quick temper are over.  Gossip, jealousy, and stubborn pride are not the marks of a mature Christian either.

It's not that I can't be 'child like' in that I run to the Father as a little child and have the expectation of His goodness and justice as a child would.  But to be 'childish' stamping my foot and bellowing to have my own needs met or thought heard, is not pleasing to the Father.

One of the hardest things I had to learn, and still learn at times; is how to listen.  To hear with my understanding as well as my ears.  To sit quiet and not interrupt or insert my own opinions.  Reader, hear as well as read this.  You can learn so much and bless others so much by simply listening.  You can be part of a healing by listening to others.  You can hear the voice of our Lord by sitting quietly and simply listening.  You will find it less likely to want to judge others if you listen first and form an opinion later.  God wants us to be discerning, not judgmental.  To lovingly correct and not condemn calls for listening.

Childish behavior wants to be blessed all the time.  It wants life to go on around him as the center.  A childlike behavior shares it's toys and likes to do things for others.  It is inquisitive and always learning.

A mature Christian can look back on their life and see the junk but not wallow in despair.  Our Father has a way of maturing us if we become child like.  Sounds like an oxymoron but it is true.  Think on it.

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