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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Feb. 18, 2011 - Day at the Mall

By Geff Mastro

I have noticed a period of development in the preteen years where little girls waver between wanting to be grown up and fighting the desire to remain a child.

I came to this great revelation last November. I had volunteered to take the two youngest and their friends (four girls ages 8-11) to the Burger King playland. Mistakenly thinking they would be sufficiently entertained for hours, I pulled out my book and settled in for the long haul.

The two older ones eventually got bored and wanted to do something else. But what could we do on such a blustery fall day that wouldn’t involve hours of cleaning the house afterward? My male, problem-solving answer was, “Why take them to the mall, of course!” Every sensible woman in the world would have heard this answer and responded, “Four girls and a daddy at the mall? What were you thinking?!?”

Well, I exhaustedly followed the little troupe around looking for everything from earrings to “best friends” bracelets to this goopy stuff that very frankly looked like snot. We then went to a series of stores I couldn’t afford followed by a discount makeup store where they spent almost an hour painting their faces for free.

Then something happened. They saw a couple of children’s toy stores. Suddenly, these mature, “30-something” wannabes transformed into little girls wanting to be princesses again.

Though I jest, it’s really kind of neat watching them grow and develop from the childlike little girls they struggle to break away from into the more mature adults I know they will eventually become. I’m learning patience and wisdom as they mature to discern when to let them run free and where to draw the lines.

I imagine how Jesus felt as He watched the disciples grow. Think how often the Twelve wavered between (to use two expressions based on Hebrews 5:11-14) the “spiritual milk” stage of childlike responses to situations they encountered and the mature “meat of the Word” stage where they actually put Jesus’ teaching into practice.

Spiritual growth and maturity is a process, one we continually go through our entire lives. I thank God for His patience as He watches me run around, struggling to break free from that childlike state of spiritual milk I am in to the more mature “meat of the Word” spiritual adult I am becoming.

— Geff Mastro lives in a Burlington County, N.J., and is a licensed counselor and school psychologist. He attends Fountain of Life Center (AG) in Florence, N.J.

 

 

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