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Growing Up

Isn’t it funny how when we’re little, we want to be big, and then when we’re big, we want to be younger?!


I’ve said in a previous blog that I’ve got a little sister who’s 11 years younger than me.


When we were growing up she was always in at my stuff!! My clothes, my make up, my shoes, you name it, Kate was messing around with it. Now, as a 15 year old teenager, I didn’t find this very amusing. More annoying than anything else to be honest. My mum told me I’d not to get annoyed at her though because she was only doing it because she wanted to be “grown up” like me.


There was one time though, that really made me laugh...

I was about 15 or 16, and Kate was about 4 or 5, and she was in the bath one evening. She was being abnormally quiet compared to her usual bath times where she played with Barbies and mermaids and made them talk to each other... so when there was a weird silence, I popped my head round the door to make sure she was okay.


When I looked in, I seen she had lathered up all the shower gel and was “shaving her legs” with a spoon! Why?!? Because she wanted to be “grown up,” like me.

10 years later, she is now the age I was when this happened, and now she has all of her own clothes, make up and shoes because she’s grown up a lot. And that’s what’s meant to happen in life.


How weird would it be if we grew up to adulthood and our parents were still mashing up our food and blowing on it before they fed it to us...eww... That would never happen because when we grow up, we learn to do things on our own, we mature, we evolve.


And it should be that way in our faith too. When we first become Christians the bible says we are “born again.” In the same way as when we were babies, and then toddlers in our natural life, we had to be taught things and learn things and because of that we no longer act like small children... we act like the adults we’ve grown up to be. It’s the same in our spiritual life. We have to be taught, we have to learn by listening to teachings at church, reading the bible, and other ways. But there comes a point when we have to spiritually mature to grow in our faith.


Hebrews 6:1 says: “So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.” (NLT)


How do we do that?! The more time we spend with God the more understanding we get, and the more we grow up in our faith. The more we discipline ourselves to spend time with Jesus, the more we will seek and find His face. The more you let the words of God dictate your life rather than the words of man the more you will begin to mature in your walk with Him.



We have the most incredible pleasure and privilege to be able to walk daily with Jesus. Now more than ever we have to start putting all of our faith in Him.


Personally, I don’t want to grow old just yet! Whatever old means haha! But I am more than happy to spiritually grow up - to know my Father more and put my full trust in Him at all times.

Christy


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