|a crown of thorns. photo credit: Samuel Lopes|
"When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things." - 1 Corinthians 13:11
I heard someone say that the Author who wrote that verse in Corinthians "Intentionally" put away childish things. It was not by accident or by chance, but by choice.
The decision to put away childish things and "renew our minds" goes along with the intentional act of surrender. Surrendering our will to GOD's will, surrendering our thoughts to GOD's thoughts for us is where real transformation is.
After so many years of getting hurt by ego and my own will and outlook, I'm grateful to realize how essential obedience and surrender are. While they are sometimes not easy, they're necessary for our life's journey.
Surrender is required for growth. From a child to a man, from a man to a royal, obedience has it. As I celebrated a birthday and personal new year, I realized a few things and was given the revelation that I'll move forward with:
- This is the year that the only validation I seek is GODs.
- This is the year that GOD’s kingdom for me will be established through me.