Read 1 Corinthians 13-16
When I was a child, I spake 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 Corinthians 13:11
Through photos and memories, we have a pretty good picture of what our childhoods were like. Whether they were happy and healthy or difficult and heartbreaking, our growing-up years shaped who we are today. If your 2015 self could say something to your kindergarten self, would you know what to say? Where would you begin?
Paul reflected on those days as well. Looking back, he wrote about his childish words, his childish reasoning and his childish thoughts. We can all do the same thing, measuring just how far we’ve come by our words, thoughts and actions.
The difference should truly be seen in the adult we are today. Paul uses the word “but” to separate these two very different ways of thinking. While these ways of being and thinking were just fine when we were little, they’re not fine anymore. As we grow in our faith and understanding, we should be slowly changing as time goes on.
The older we get and the longer we serve God, the more drastically different our lives should become. Each day we grow in Him, we learn more and we change our thinking to be more like Christ. Putting away childish things means we can lay aside our selfish, inward, human traits and trade them in for the mature, developed ways that a daughter of the King loves.