Last night we had roasted chicken, egg noodles, and steamed peas and carrots for supper. It was delicious and everyone was quietly enjoying their dinner. Until…
Emmy announced she did not want her carrots. Justin explained that she had to eat at least two of them. “But I don’t want to!” She whined.
I responded by pulling out a classic parenting line for this scenario: “They will help you grow big and strong and make you healthy“.
Of course Emmy, being Emmy, responded with the perfect punch line. “I don’t want to be big and strong and I don’t want to be healthy. I want to be just like I am.”
Justin shook his head and turned to me. “Isn’t that just how we are?!”
We never out grow not wanting to eat our carrots.
While we adults may the carrots that are on our plates, we don’t like to eat the carrots of our spiritual life. We aren’t quick to accept the fact that the hard things in life actually serve to help us grow spiritually – just like “yucky” carrots strengthen our bodies. In James 1:2-4 you will see how God uses trials in our life to help us grow-up in Him so that someday we’ll be more mature than we are now.
The problem is that too often we, just like Emmy, sit in the here and now of life and say, “I don’t want to grow up! I want to be just like I am!” However, I don’t really want to be the same as I am now! My desire is to grow and mature in my walk with Christ. I hope you desire the same. Even if you don’t like the “carrots”, we can grow in appreciating that they do make us “big and strong”!