Antiquarian Anabaptist

Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective

Being childlike without being childish

“When I became a man I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11).

That would be things like:

-wanting to be the centre of attention
-wanting to be entertained
-wanting what somebody else has
-wanting other people to do what I want
-feeling sorry for myself when things don’t go the way I want
-trying to get even
-boasting
-whining
-not admitting when I have done something wrong
-blaming somebody else

“And a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6)

” Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4).

Childlike qualities:

-willing to trust
-taking delight in unexpected beauty
-feeling happy because others are happy
-feeling sad when others are hurt
-giving without counting the cost
-forgiving
-eager to learn
-curiosity
-looking up to others
-caring about others

These are a few thoughts that came to me over the past two days. These are not complete lists, I would be happy if others would add to them.

This was prompted by the question of why some people seem to shrink emotionally and spiritually as they come to their latter years, while others seem to keep on growing. It seems to me that the ability to keep on learning and to see and delight in little scenes of goodness and beauty keeps us from becoming stiff and brittle as we age.

As I write this there are signs all around that summer is dying. Leaves are turning colour and beginning to fall. There has been no frost yet, but that can’t be far away. Most green plants have stopped growing and will soon be dying. There is no need for us to do the same. May we find joy in living all the days that God gives us.

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11 responses to “Being childlike without being childish

  1. dray0308 September 18, 2015 at 15:22

    Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:
    Possibly one of my favorite attributes of children is how quickly they forgive and move on with life. Also, they make friends easily.

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  3. Piarve September 18, 2015 at 15:40

    Nice post, I love how you listed the childish things first, because it put into perspective what an immature adult seems like.

    I write a post about exploring creativity like a child. http://sewmodiste.com/2015/05/19/explore-your-creativity-like-a-child/ , which has 5 points of youthfulness us adults can still keep.

  4. jacquelineobyikocha September 19, 2015 at 03:53

    Lovely list that guarantees some peace. Lovely post.

  5. quirkywritingcorner January 8, 2016 at 18:53

    Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    I like how Bob explained the childish traits. I never thought about what they were. I’m not certain what I thought God meant other than simply immaturity.

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