I’ve noticed that my spiritual progression often reflects my age progression. Here’s what I mean — as I grow older as an adult…
- I tend to be more lethargic. As a young man, when evenings came, I was energized to do something fun or adventuresome. Today, I tend to be very happy to find a comfortable chair and chill.
- I am more easily pleased. As a child, I would often look for the next adventure on a hillside, in a grove, or in an old barn hay-loft. Today, my first inclination is to say, “nah.”
- I have become more rational. As a college student, I was the prankmeister any chance I got, simply because it was a chance to make a memory and have some fun. Today…it just doesn’t make sense to do those things any more.
- I tend to be more sophisticated. Years ago, I didn’t care what others thought of what I did. Today, I lean towards protecting my “reputation” and making sure I don’t look too foolish in what I do.
As these realities pursue me physically and psychologically, they also influence on my spiritual condition.
- I tend to be more lethargic by not being quite as hungry and thirsty for righteousness as I was when I was younger.
- I am more easily pleased as I rest on where I’m at rather than where God wants to bring me.
- I have become more rational as bold risk-taking adventures are more easily dismissed than they were in my more formative years.
- I tend to be more sophisticated in my faith rather than living out a raw cutting edge lifestyle of pursuing Jesus no matter what I look like or what others think.
Childlike faith, enthusiasm, sense of adventure, and wholesome recklessness are still highly valued characteristics that God longs to see in us.
I want to stay hungry and thirsty for God in ways that drive me to true righteousness rather than settling for an acceptable respectability.
I want be energized for God-honoring adventures, to live out risk-taking faith, exuberant to see God-things happen because I stepped out of my predictable routine.
No matter how old I become, I want my spiritual progress to be unhindered by the plights of lethargy, comfort, rationalization, and sophistication.