A teddy bear was the little boy's best friend and confidante. The only child of a single parent, he shyly avoided children of the neighborhood, happy to share his joys and sorrows with his little stuffed friend. One day he noticed that his teddy was getting dirty so he put him in the tub then on the porch to dry. Teddy shrank and came apart at the seams.
The little boy cried for days. His security was gone.
Today that boy is a man and looking back laughs about that time in his life. How could he have cried over a stuffed bear? Yet, becauses of that bear's demise he made new friends that school year. Good direction came out of that sadness. Maturity gives new perspectives.
Christian maturity directs us toward kindness and goodness. With Jesus like understanding we reject emotional insensitivity. We actively and purposely choose to extend warmth and understanding to others and to ourselves. Choosing to follow Jesus' example is saying, "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15
To God be the Glory!
Rev. Patricia E. Walker, AlphaChurch.org