Putting an end to childish ways…

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.

Observation: Paul has spent chapter 13 speaking to the centrality of love as a spiritual gift among God’s people, the church. Other gifts may be more impressive, may get more attention, may be desired by more people. But sacrificial love for the sake of others trumps them all. In making this mental shift Paul suggests we grow, we mature from “child” to “adult”.

Application: Later today I’ll witness our son Nick receive his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Whereas I did undergrad the hard way, goofing around and taking seven years to finish, Nick has done it the right way. In terms of maturity he is miles ahead of where I was at his age – both intellectually and spiritually.

Today also marks another important transition for Nick. While he has been fairly independent going to school in North Carolina while we have lived in suburban Dallas, he has still relied on us quite a bit, financially and otherwise. But today that independence grows. The agreement Jana and I have with our kids is that we pay through undergrad, but after that they are on their own. Whether they go straight to work, or go to grad school, they do so on their own dime.

But more than a financial transition, Nick begins a spiritual journey as well – whether he’s ready or not. Life is about to get far more complex. The options in front of him will grow significantly and it’s not always easy to tell which way to go. Some things will go his way, some things won’t. And while I’ll always be here for him should he ask for my counsel, my prayer is that Nick will grow in his dependence on the Lord, who created him and who called him by name.

Prayer: Dear God, this morning my heart is filled with gratitude, and pride, and joy at seeing my son Nick reach an important milestone. Bless him and the millions of other young people stepping more fully into adulthood. Give him grace to depend on you in the days ahead. And give me grace to let him. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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