Putting Away Childish Things

When I was a young man I was an athlete first, everything else including being a student and a good son came second. Then a helmet to the knee forced me to put away “childish things.” I was forced to mature. I have friends who have had numerous surgeries  and can barely walk, who are still “playing.” Their former careers dominating their days. It’s not that I don’t enjoy watching sports, and I’ve played many a round of golf, tennis, and as I mentioned ran long distance for a time. But it was never the same, other things – a wife, kids, a career came first. My boyhood dreams are still a part of who I am, but hardly all I am.

In developing our spiritual life we can learn a lot from young life’s lessons. There comes a time when we must put away “childish things.” God must go to the top of the list with everything else a distant second. We can still have careers, pleasures, and toys, but they must not take precedence or control  our lives. A fitting image for spiritual training can be the well-trained athlete who enters a training program to steel the mind, body, and spirit, but the goal is getting closer to God not more toys. The childish toys of adulthood – fame, wealth, and pride need to be replaced with service, humility, and love.

 

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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