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Friday, June 9th, '17

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THE CRAWLING STAGE

"...they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31)

 

And...I might add, they shall crawl and not be embarrassed by it, at least not in the early stages of faith. When adults get "born again" they have to submit to the same growth process that babes and toddlers do in the natural. Psychologists have discovered that babies who move directly from the leaning on the couch stage to the walking stage, without the intermediate of crawling face serious complications later in life. They tend to lack motivation, personal esteem and fear taking necessary risks. Why; because they didn't have the succession of victories that comes with developing in stages. When the child first stands up, then first crawls, then stands up from a crawling position, then first takes a few steps then learns to walk, with each victory comes the thrill of, "Look, I did it!" Repeated success instills confidence and courage to face new challenges. I don't know if the psychologists know what they're talking about but adult crawling certainly is nothing to be ashamed of.

 

You've come through a recent divorce, or bankruptcy or automobile accident; go ahead, crawl. You can soar later. Remember the humorous guidance from Dr. Leo in "What About Bob?", "Baby steps, baby steps". We do too much comparing. We try to soar with eagles when, reality is, we haven't yet escaped the canary cage. Start small. Don't end small but start small. Our third grandkid Jonathan has recently graduated from crawl to race from one end of the living room to the other without falling down. The two-baby-teeth grin proves that he loves it. Humble yourself like a small child (Matthew 18:4)? Ego resists. But maybe a mid-size family car is the right way to go for now. Maybe a townhouse suits your current needs better than a mansion. Maybe you should be the employee, at least for a few months, and not the boss. Crawl first. Deb and I pastored our first church within two years from the day we became Christians without a day of formal training or background in church-work. We skipped the crawling stage. I'm proud of that but perhaps damaged at the same time. We should have taken more time learning to crawl...and fall. It is required that skiers master the bunny slope before they ski-lift to the alpine course.

 

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint...they shall crawl and not quit.


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