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
The 80's was an awesome decade! That was the time of college for me (yes, I'm that old) along with high top fades, great music and fashion that might come back in style one day (where is my gold chain, members only jacket and parachute pants)? As much as I enjoyed the 80's, I can't continue to live in the past. The things that you did back then may not necessarily serve you well in the 2000's. I was talking with a close friend of mine today (we have great conversations and may do a podcast one day) and we were discussing how things have changed since we were in college together. One of the refreshing things about our conversation was that while we reminisced about our time at college, we spoke about and embraced the challenges and opportunities around us now. We were not fixated on the past. We realized that we needed to view the world through new lenses.
How many of us men are still stuck in neutral, or worse yet, reverse? Why is it difficult to let go on the habits and behaviors that we exhibited in the past? While those ways may have worked for us in the past, we need to, as the above scripture states, put away those juvenile habits that limit us. Malcolm Goldsmith, wrote a book titled, "What Got You Here, Won't Get You There." In it, he describes how successful people become even more successful by identifying and eliminating distracting and annoying habits that they may have been practicing on a subconscious level. In other words, the successful people realized that while they may have been operating at high level, the habits that got them to that point are no longer effective to get them to the next level. For you sports fans, think about the number of times teams come with a new offense or defense that catches opposing teams off guard. It represents the "new and innovative" way to do things. After a few times of facing the team that introduced a new wrinkle, the opposing team makes adjustments and learns to defend the new formation. If you don't change or adopt a new plan of attack, you will most certainly fail. This is the same concept that's prevalent when working out. If you don't change your workout regimen, your body will adapt to your current workout and eventually you plateau and stop experiencing strength or muscle gains. You have to make changes. in order to experience positive change.
Paul uses the example of the progression of growth that occurs when a child becomes a man to explain how one should grow in his faith. The things that you deemed important as a child no longer carry the same level of importance as a man. A child tends have a short sighted view of the world around him in addition to possessing childish reasoning and rationale. Compare that to the thought process of an adult male that has learned from experience and become more mature in his faith walk. That is why Paul strongly encouraged people to put away those things that a child does and adopt the behaviors hopefully present in an adult male.
ACTION PLAN: Identify those negative habits that you are holding on to that prevents you from living life more effectively. Resolve today to address those and adopt a new view.
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Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.