When I became a man, I put away childish things. Paul in I Corinthians 13:11.
Maybe Paul did, but I didn’t.
Well, some I did.
Paul was referring to childish understandings and utterances, of course. We do indeed put those away as we mature and grow in understanding, just as we laid aside the diapers and toddler’s costumes we needed as infants. As a five-year-old, I wore the army jacket with the flyer’s wings to school for picture-taking day. It’s still a favorite photo. However, I can still recall the tears when it became obvious I had outgrown that coat. I wanted to wear it forever.
A lot of things we outgrow. If we are wise and strong, the things we outgrow will be aspects of our lives we should indeed leave behind. Pity the adult who is still harboring his/her childish understandings, prejudices, pleasures.
But some wonderful things of childhood never leave us. Here are some that are still with me today…