Give It Up
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.—1 Corinthians 13:11
Some men have fond memories of their youth, while others do not. Because of this, we each make the journey into adulthood differently. For some, the process is sudden and for others, it happens more slowly. For some, it's an intentional process and for others, it's accidental. Regardless, the charge of Paul in this verse is to grow up. While the culture has it's rites of passage into manhood, Paul's list is clear. He commands us to mature in how we speak, think, and reason. He teaches that God's man is always maturing; giving up spiritually immature behavior. He challenges us to not settle for a youthful language, immature thinking, and childish reasoning. As a spiritual father should, he tells us it is time to give it up and become a man.
DO THIS: Identify one behavior today that's immature. On a piece of scratch paper—write it down, describe how it's holding you back, and then wad that paper up and throw in the trash.
PRAY THIS: God, help me to see my childish ways and show me how to become the man you designed me to be.