Today I have read several Bible passages, in both the Old and New Testaments. I have read some familiar and unfamiliar passages.
One of the familiar passages was 1 Corinthians 13. Those who are also familiar with this Bible passage will know that it’s well known for its description of love. But, despite the familiarity, I noticed something new.
It struck me with the words, ‘When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man (or woman!), I put childish ways behind me.’ (1 Corinthians 13: 11 NIV)
Now, the trouble is that I didn’t stop talking, reasoning, or thinking like a child when I became an adult. I’ve made big shifts in my development since I was 30! Having a diagnosis of a personality disorder is helpful for both understanding how and why I’m wired differently, and what I can do about it. Learning is a long, hard process, but I’m fairly pleased with how far I have developed, changed, and grown, in the past few years.
I hope, one day, to look back, like Paul, and know that I have put my childish ways behind me. Maybe that won’t be full, because we all slip into our defaults, but I have hope that, more often than not, I will be less childish and more grown up in the way I relate and communicate. This is echoed by what Paul goes on to say, ‘Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.’ (1 Corinthians 13: 12-13 NIV)