Sunday, May 6, 2012

April 1, 2012

“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


Today I am sharing a sweet devotional from the Pastor of Calvary Church in Phoenix, Az. Mark Martin writes:

“I "thought" like a child.
A child has small thoughts.

A child's world is very, very small and little things seem very big! I remember thinking how big our house was growing up; I thought my brother and I had a huge bedroom.

I went back a few years ago and knocked on the door and asked if I could come in and look at the house. My bedroom—in fact the whole house—was extremely small!

An immature believer makes big things out of little things. Selfishness is another sign of immature thinking."Everything revolves around me."

Most children go through a period where they think they're the center of the world—no, actually the center of the universe! This is a characteristic of immature thinking. Childish thinking won't let go of "owies."

I can remember times when our children would get hurt, but would continue to cry long after the hurt was past.

An immature believer nurses hurt; they live in the hurts of the past.” 


Our action today is to ask God to show us where we might be holding on to childish behavior. Simple, right? Not so much if you are still nursing hurts of the past or exhibiting selfish behavior.  I have fallen into childlike behavior just like anyone else. I hate it when I am there. And I am grateful I can ask God to pick me up and plant me down in the way He wants me to go, leaving that childlike behavior in the dust.


Lord, show me when I act like a child.  Not Your child, which I delight in.  But a selfish self, centered child who makes mountains out of molehills.

Trusting the Lord,

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