Putting aside childish ways

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:11, ESV ~

Recovery and spiritual growth requires us men to emancipate ourselves from our childish and adolescent ways. It requires our vision to adjust and see ourselves without judgment, criticism, and condemnation. As children, we only tasted small measures of separateness. Yet, as we physically grow into men, we bring with us those child-like and adolescent ideas of our own experience. This feeds into our toxic and arrogant masculinity – believing ourselves to know all there is to know when it comes to the dilemma’s we face in life. It is the center of our own defiance and rebellion. We assure ourselves: I don’t want anyone to tell me what to do!

This leads us to continue our self-indulgence – lusting for more pleasurable experiences and greater opportunities. Instead, our selfish pride delays our ability to see ourselves for who we truly are.

Yet, when we come to our own spiritual awakening and awareness. Begin our journey in recovery, we start putting off those childish ways. We shed the adolescent attitudes and begin to empower ourselves through Jesus Christ. As men, we truly emancipate ourselves from being isolated and closed off to where we derive freedom and liberation through our masculine vulnerabilities. Our sole claim is the responsibility of seeing to our own sense of joy and happiness and being open and receptive to those around us.

Today, I will empower myself with true masculinity where I am allowing myself freedom to be open and receptive. Shedding the rebellious child and adolescent desires that hold me back.

Published by Timothy R. Berman

Founder and content provider for Damascus Way Recovery. Developing relevant content to educate, inform, and empower conversations regarding Homelessness, Substance use Disorders, and Mental Health issues from a Christian perspective and worldview.

One thought on “Putting aside childish ways

  1. Child like behavior(s) in growing up, as we each see differently, from experiencing life as a child before adulthood.
    Might be at least to me where we are to grow up in maturity
    Being aware of good and evil, and how to remain harmless as a dove in spite of the evil we see or have seen.
    Matthew 10:16-20 tells me about this truth to be given us in adulthood.

    Psalm 1 as well, to delight in God’s Law and not stand in the way of others, whether they believe or not.

    Love has no bounds as in 1 Cor. 13:4-7 tells me of, that not one can do perfectly as is done today by Son for us

    This type of Love I see is to be given, not earned or attained,
    Thank you again as I learn new every day


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