Thursday – July 29, 2021


"Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults." - 1 Corinthians 14:20

Why do some adults act like two-year-olds? Two eminent psychologists looked at this condition. Dr. Sigmund Freud postulated that unmet childhood needs get “stuck.” When your needs as an infant, baby, or child are not satisfied, then you become emotionally stuck in that place, seeing the world through the lens of unsatisfied needs. Ultimately, you hold onto childish expectations that stem from chronic dissatisfaction.

Freud’s colleague, Edmund Bergler, postulated something a bit more interesting, however. Bergler suggested that we become so accustomed to those unmet needs that we actually begin to (unconsciously) enjoy being stuck in the regressed state. Therefore, we don’t really want to let go and grow up. This leaves us stuck in what is essentially a self-sabotaging way of being.

No matter what is causing immature behavior, adults need to start behaving like adults.

As Christians, we need to be mature and not be childish in our words and actions. Today in prayer, give thanks to the Lord and seek to be a mature Christian in all that you do.

"He is only advancing in life, whose heart is getting softer, his blood warmer, his brain quicker, and his spirit entering into living peace." - John Ruskin

God's Word: "Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." - James 1:4