January 21–Raise That Baby To Be An Adult!

“Raise that baby to be an adult!”  These were some very strong and wise words spoken to me when our first born child was only two weeks old. They were spoken by an older, wiser woman (who was a bit younger than I am now when she spoke them to me). They were spoken by a mom who knew that it is a great gift for our children to be guided towards wisdom and maturity, responsibility and compassion for others.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child. When I became an adult, I put childish ways behind me. I Corinthians 13:11

Personal Reflections from Sylane                                                                             I have a confession. I am a bit of a news junkie. The one show that Tim and I regularly watch, after morning prayer and while eating our breakfast, is the first 1/2 hour or so of the Today show. And the one show we regularly record so we can watch together–as it fits our schedule–is the NBC Nightly News. (Ok, we did just start recording “24”, too!) 

I read news magazines, newspapers and will often listen to NPR (National Public Radio) even with their slow and oh-so-serious tone in speaking about almost everything.

And so yesterday, January 20, 2009, I set aside the entire day for prayer–and to watch (and record) just about every moment of all things Inaugural. This was an amazing day in our nation’s history. This was the Inauguration of President Barak Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America.

I can just imagine some very dear people in my world may be getting very tense and worried looks on their faces at this very moment. Or maybe they’re trying to get my attention with that hand signal “Cut!” where their hand zips back and forth across their throat. Calling out to me, “Oh, no! Don’t go there, girl!  Don’t go into the political realm–it could get messy!”

Don’t worry, Darlin’s. I absolutely know that God alone is the Sovereign One. And I am so thankful He is! I know that it is to our GOD, the LORD of lords and KING of kings that I owe my full and complete allegiance. And my very life.

And I know, just as Pastor Rick Warren alluded to during his Prayer Invocation at the Inauguration Ceremony, that one day, at the name of JESUS “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”–Philippians 2:10-11

There are millions of other blogs (and every other form of media) out there doing in-depth political commentary about the Inauguration–evaluating the day and the man, our new President Obama. That’s not my purpose.

So many things moved me today. Enough to go over and get my neighbor who I hardly know (we’re relatively new to this neighborhood) and invite her to come watch the Inauguration with me. It’s just too historical to watch it alone.

She did. And we watched–and felt–our world change, even if just a little. We cried together. I rubbed her back a lot. We hugged. And we stood up while our national anthem was sung.

She is Jewish. I am Christian. And right then we were bonded together because we were witnessing–and were part of–something bigger than ourselves.

And then I watched it all over again with Tim and two very special friends during dinner. It was just that important. I had to share it with important people in my life.

President Obama started his Inaugural Address stating, “…I stand here today humbled…”   and I thought (and said) “Good. That is exactly where you–and each one of us–need to be, and stay, before our God.” 

Humility is the catalyst, and the strong, protective boundary lines, for all true wisdom to exist and flourish. So, good, President Obama–dear child of God–and my brother in Christ–stay right there in the attitude of humility all the days of your life–and especially now since God has placed you into such an auspicious position of power.

Then in the midst of President’s Obama’s speech, when reflecting on the difficulties we face as a nation–even though we are a relatively young nation, he continued, “..in the words of Scripture, the time has come to ‘… set aside childish things…’ ” (from 1 Corinthians 13:11)

Yes. It is. It is time for each of us as individuals–and all of us in our extended spheres of interaction and influence (home, neighborhood, work, school, church, community, nation, world)–“to set aside childish things”–and to grow up.

Grow up. Set aside childish things. God’s greatest purpose for us is to grow up to be more like Jesus. God desires, and shapes, His children “…to be conformed to the likeness of His Son…”–Romans 8:29.

To be like Jesus–is pretty grown up. And although it calls for a child-like faith to be accomplished–it also calls us to set aside all things childish. And so we must grow up and set aside childish things–as individuals and as a nation. As President Obama is calling us to do. And as God purposes His children to do.

So let us choose first the wisdom of humility before our God as the Giver of life–the Giver of all we are and all we have and all we are able to do.

Then let us choose the maturity of righteous responsibility by: Loving others. Strengthening and Healing our families. Respecting and Protecting others. Respecting and Protecting our planet. Giving to others. Forgiving others. Sharing what we have. Teaching what we know. Providing for the hungry. Caring for the hurting. Sacrificing self-centered actions and attitudes for the sake of others.  Acting in ways of Truth, Justice and Peace.

Yes. January 20, 2009 was an amazingly significant and historical day. A day where we witnessed great hope, great purpose and great unity in many ways–as a nation, and with our neighbors.

And how much more significant would each day be for us as individuals–and, yes, for us as a nation–if we were to choose to be humble and set aside childish things!

Wisdom through Humility. Maturity through Righteous Responsibility. And all lived out in our relationships with others–all others. These are good things. These are God things. And this is how God would raise His babies to be adults!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane