Childish Ways

Where would we be without our best friends?  I have to admit that I have the most amazing ones!  Near and far away!  Many of my closest friends came from gymnastics.  They were the ones I spent many hours in the gym with and this was great bonding time.  We have things in common that only gymnasts have and this is a bond that doesn’t seem to break.

Every summer I lived in a town just outside of my home town because we didn’t have gymnastics in the summer.  This incredible family was kind enough to house me and my teammate for the entire week and then my parents would bring us home for weekends, and off I went again on Monday morning for another week of training.

Of course, if you know anything about girls, three girls is never a good number.  It is the law of nature that two girls will gang up on one of the other.  Unfortunately, this situation was no different.  My billet and I would gang up on my friend and teammate.  We didn’t really gang up, but we found entertainment in tormenting her, the point that it would be probably called bullying now-a-days.  In all honesty, however, it was all in fun, just at the expense of one of my closest friends!

We loved to find pleasure in her pain.  We would chase her down and give her Wet Willies, if her clothes had a hole in them, they were game for us to chase her around and rip them, we’d flick her in places that would really hurt a young girl.  We did things that are totally shameful looking back.  We loved to mentally torment her.  It got so bad that she refused to train with us, and would ask to go anywhere we weren’t.  But, we loved this girl.  She was the sweetest thing.  We just loved to find fun in driving her crazy!

I also have a great high school classmate who I considered to be one of my best friends growing up, and again, I treated this boy so poorly.  I truly I adored this guy!  He is now a pastor of a church and hopefully being the spirited person he is, forgives me for all the cruel things I would say and do to him! How cruel right?  This was my teenage mentality.

It’s amazing how some people stay with this teenage mentality.  Finding pleasure in making adults lives miserable.  Trying to create drama in their lives for their own entertainment purposes.  It is very immature.  I’m very glad that I have come to recognize this and stay far away from any drama as possible now.  I’ve apologized profusely to these people that I grew up with and called them friends.  Gladly they still want me in their lives and forgave me for my silliness!

It is said in 1 Corinthians 13:10-12, “But when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 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. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

I have definitely given up my childish ways.  Sometimes I have to admit they sneak back to me when someone hurts me, or my family, but then I have to remember that I’ve put that part of me behind me and I am not letting that person back in my body.

I’m proud to say that this friend that I tortured at gymnastics is still one of my best friends today.  The two of these gymnasts stood up with me in my wedding, and even though they might not be in my daily life, they are in my daily thoughts and prayers.  They are both incredible woman, and I have always loved them the same!  I’m just very thankful that the one I tortured loved me for my childish ways and has forgiven me for all the torture I put her through!

Have you let go of your childish ways yet?  If not, say a prayer and ask that God will turn you from your childish ways and help create you into all that he created you to be!

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