Adultlikes (Christians dominated by the-old-man/sinful-nature/human-wisdom), have fun in all sorts of ways — reaching goals, competing, performing, achieving, shopping, driving fast, feeling superior, noticing weaknesses in others, whatever. All this activity is stressful. A lifetime of stressful = disease — cancer, cardio-vascular, digestive, skin, arthritis, migraines, whatever. And worse — a lifetime of stressful activity produces a self-absorption that undermines Christians being fruitful with seculars, because seculars are unimpressed with the difference Jesus makes in believers.
So how do childlikes have fun? The new man in Jesus, has fun by OBSERVING — withOUT judgment or human agenda or competing. Taking it all in, enjoying everyone just as we are and everything just as it is. No human agenda, but curious about Jesus’ agenda — to see what He does NEXT, in them, others, circumstances. Stress-free living. Ahhh.
AdultlikeDave — assessor/performer/prover/competitor. And stressed.
ChildlikeDave — observer/enjoyer. And blissful.
— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, very adultlike except when freshly convicted of the sin of adultlikeness/INdependence, so he’s momentarily ChildlikeDave, and it’s been happening more and more lately as the Spirit works
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