When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. (1 Corinthians 13:11
Within the last couple of months, I have closely watched people not only in real life situations but from afar through social media.
The question that came about was, how many of us still have childlike mind sets?
This question and thought process is not a jab at anyone.
I am astonished at the responses and information that individuals share and their responses.
If I was a child watching some of these posts and people reactions, I would think, that this is the appropriate way people should act.
I wanted to take time to break down a scripture that I pray helps some people changed their attitudes and the way they respond to any situation.
In the first sentence of the scripture and states “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.”
When I was a child, I talked like a child.
EX: A child uses incorrect grammar or says something inappropriate.
If you have children, then you know they will say anything. If it is not right, as an adult you are to correct them and help them to understand what is right and what is wrong.
When I was a child, I thought like a child.
EX: Children are playing with a baseball and throw it and break a window.
From my parenting experiences, in most cases when dealing with a child. They do not think first. They react and not think about the consequences. As a parent or guardian our job is to help them to learn how to think before they react.
When I was a child, I reasoned like a child.
EX: If I steal this candy bar I will be happy because I wanted it.
As a child in most situation there is no reason to what is being done, when it is done. Then after a parent tells them or discipline them they understand that their needs to be a reason to do something. Whatever they are doing, you have to have morals.
“When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”
This last sentence of the scripture, is where I feel we have lost the connection. After watching via in person and social media. One can think the person that is posting or reacting has physically grown from child to adult. But, mentally still has a childlike mindset.
Once you become a man/woman, you put away the talking like a child that does not know better.
As a man/woman your thought process should have changed through experiences of life and you should be able to think before you speak.
As a man / woman your ability to reason in situations should be backed through morals and positive characteristics.
If one has not put these childish ways behind them, there will be a constant struggle within self of anger and one will not be able to handle situations as an adult.
To my family, friends and myself. We must learn to put away those childish ways behind us and learn to approach situations as an adult with morals and standards. You never know who is watching or who you can affect.