Like so many others, I have something within me that screams against the rules. For example, when I was much younger I owned a wonderful pair of Washington Redskins shoes, and instead of using the normal shoelaces, I decided to dress up the shoes with some bright orange shoelaces that I owned – and I don’t have to tell you that orange with burgundy and gold don’t match. Yet at the time, I didnâ€™t realize that those colors didnâ€™t match, and to be honest, it didnâ€™t bother me in the least. I thought they were cool. But as I grew older and matured, I realized (after â€œpair number twoâ€ with orange shoelaces) that orange didnâ€™t match. Other things began to change as well – my clothes matched, my shirt was no longer on backwards, and I came to understand that you donâ€™t wear pants with huge holes in the knees to special events. Times were changing.
In many ways, our Christian lives tend to be very similar to this. As we become teenagers, some of us have the urge to live our lives with our orange shoelaces still on. We remain children, fighting the so-called â€œrulesâ€ that our parents and authorities place over us and the apathy that is seeping into our spiritual and physical lives. The problem is that we have learned what is right, yet have never put it into action. Weâ€™ve heard a thousand times that orange shoelaces donâ€™t go with Redskin shoes, and we might even know it to be true, but weâ€™ve told ourselves a thousand times that this side is so much sweeter. Ignorance is bliss, right? If we are ignorant of our need to mature as Christians, we will continue to live in that so called â€œbliss.â€ Sadly, many of us have remained infants in our Christian walk – but itâ€™s time to grow up. Times are changing.