I laugh to myself a little each time I see a t-shirt or meme that says “I can’t adult today”. On some days I want to say, “I feel ya!” but on other days I wonder, what would we focus on if we didn’t adult today? To not adult means we become a child again. Do we then turn into self-centered, impatient beings? No, that can’t be it because we do that pretty well in our adulting. Do we go back to soaking in life and learning who we are to be? I could only hope that would be it.
My brother and I were raised by parents and grandparents who taught us to learn how to live in this world by having Jesus as our foundation. They didn’t do it perfectly but they did their best to live out Jesus in the way they worked and the way they played. They grew in Jesus by gathering with others in our little country church. They worked daily to set the example for us in how to truly live by making sure we learned foundational truths in the Bible.
Let’s not adult today. Instead we’ll go back to Sunday School or Vacation Bible School and see if we remember a few things.
Do you remember the Fruit of the Spirit? Can you say them in your head before you read them here? Just a hint, there are nine.
“And the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
How about the Armor of God? Can you say all of the pieces of armor without looking?
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”
Try this one, do you remember the Love Chapter? Could you find it in the Bible even if you can’t say it all by memory? Don’t peek!
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
I Corinthians 13:4-7
Lastly, the verse every kid in Sunday School wants to have memorized: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”
I think God placed me in Children’s Ministry to keep me humble and reminded of how dependent I must stay on Him to make it through life. Life is hard! I need help every single day to handle what is going on in the world. I know the days I have not put on my armor - or I put it on the way I wanted to wear it instead of how it should be worn - life did not go well. Some days my fruit looks more like it belongs in the compost pile than a beautiful offering. And to love as love is described in Scripture? Ugh.
Since we’re not adulting let’s be a child again in the arms of God. (TRUE PAUSE FROM ADULTING INSERTED HERE) Accept His love that is patient with your every weakness, every stupid or hateful comment, every selfish act, every negative thought. Remember that He loves the whole world which includes you and those that aren’t doing the things you think they should. Sit humbly in His arms and dwell in the presence of the Creator that sent His Son to die for you despite all of your weaknesses. Accept His forgiveness. Look around and find you are not alone in facing this world. Fill yourself being strengthened by His love for you and when you can’t stand anymore, stand firm and put on your armor He has given you. Armor that you did not earn nor will ever earn but was freely given to you. Now keep growing and go out and share the fruit that is produced by spending time with the good Father. And in all things love. In All Things Love!