Childhood’s Expiration Date

Someone made the point that childhood has an expiration date. That’s an articulate way of saying exactly what the Apostle Paul said in the great love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, where he said, “When I became a man, I put away childish things.”

Unfortunately, the trend today is to prolong childhood beyond its natural expiration date by continuing to spend time with childish things on into our young adult years. I heard a story of one mother who allowed her son to continue to live in her home after he graduated from high school and never asked him to contribute anything to the family. His meals and shelter were supplied while he watched TV all day.

Eventually his mother grew too old to work. As the pantry shelves grew bare he asked where their food would come from. When his mother said they would starve, he finally did what he should have done years earlier. He got a job and began redeeming the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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