What do you remember about growing up?
I remember a childhood in a small town where anything I said or did at school was home before I got there. My grandmother cautioned me not to do anything I wouldn’t want printed in the Advocate or that I wouldn’t do in the front window of the local mercantile.
I also remember feeling inadequate and ineffectual more often than not.
That has been more (substantially more) than half a century ago. But some of those feelings haunted me well into adulthood.
Even at age fifty-plus, I felt as if I were ten years old when I stepped into my mother’s home.
People in my home town remember who and what I was as a teenager. We went to school together. Most of them have no idea who I am now. We’ve had little contact in the last sixty years. We may exchange greetings, notes, Christmas cards, email and phone calls, but we’ve not been with one another face-to-face for any substantive time.
They have only the vaguest idea of how I’ve grown and changed over the years. And when we come together, it’s almost always on the old footing.
This tendency to keep people as they were is even referenced in the Bible.
But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. ~~ Mark 6:4 (KJV)
He was acknowledging the fact that the people in the town where he grew up could only see him as the carpenter’s son. The people of his home town missed out on his miracles, his teaching, his presence.
Sometimes we do this same injustice to our children, remembering them at ten rather than seeing them grow and change.
We have a president-elect who leaves a lot to be desired. But it is a known fact that the presidency changes people. Some grow into the job; others botch it royally. But through it all, we have survived as a nation.
I would like to suggest that we exercise a little patience to allow this president-elect to grow into the job. We just might be pleasantly surprised. And while we are being patient, it wouldn’t hurt to pray for him – and all of our elected officials.
In the words of Paul:
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
~~ I Timothy 2:1-2
For kings and all that are in authority…
That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life….