Everybody Once Was A Kid

LS & grew up listening to Gemini – twin brothers who do kids music locally. They’re connected to the school Miss Bliss attends, so she’s seen them in concert now, and we listen to their music in the car. She’s not really into this song, but I love the chorus:

Everybody once was a kid
Everyone whose somebody now
They all grew up like you will
They’re working on it still
Everybody once was a kid

Okay, the emphasis is mine. But the song came on in the car yesterday while I was churning over all the age-formation-budget-church questions from yesterday. And this is pretty much the point of Christian formation, right?

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.- Eph 4:11-13

Through the Holy Spirit, we as individuals, communities and The Church have been given gifts to help all of us work on growing into the body of Christ. All of us. Because the way I see it, we will come to the “unity of faith” and “the full stature of Christ” when God’s reign fully begins.

So if we’re all working on growing up, biological age isn’t as much of a factor in leadership. Everybody’s got some growing to do – some are growing quickly, some are moving more slowly. There is  no real end in sight to the growth we can do in God. What a joy and a blessing! Here’s why:

What if, instead of seeing the changes in “markers of adulthood” (like getting married, buying a house, having kids) as signs of immaturity or laziness, we wondered together about how these steps do and don’t help us grow in Christ?

What if we framed life choices not as a checklist but looked for ways they help us grow in faith? Not as a given (married at 23, kids at 27 and 30, retired at 65, done!) but as ways the Spirit might be planting seeds – or pulling weeds in our lives?

What if we were more clear, and more vocal, about the fact that age doesn’t always line up with maturity, emotionally or spiritually? And let that be okay and not so threatening?

Its a sunny day where I live, so maybe the gorgeous weather is making me a bit of a Pollyana. But I wonder. What If.


About mommymergent

Joyfully living as momma to Miss Bliss, serving the Episcopal Church as priest, and reluctantly becoming part of the mysterious emergent church
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