In the church, being youthful doesn’t always seem like a noble aspiration. After all, christian maturity is often expressed in terms like wisdom, discernment, and perseverance. We call the mature disciples in the church, saints. Plus, a healthy marriage and family are often touted as the pinnacle of Christian success. Obviously there’s nothing wrong with any of these things and they’re definitely worth our pursuit, but could all of this talk be at the detriment of promoting a youthful wonder in the church?
Here’s what I mean. Remember when you were in first grade and the thing that captured your mind for weeks was the brilliance of ants and ant colonies? You were dumbfounded how tiny creatures like ants could build vast empires underground with a clear government and distribution of roles. Or maybe you didn’t like dirt, so you spent months voraciously devouring anything related to dinosaurs. Jurassic Park was your favorite movie and you couldn’t get to the library enough to check out all their dinosaur picture books. Maybe I’m alone here, but in my youth, my imagination and wonder was wild. I would make the biggest deal about the littlest things, just because. Just because they were infinitely interesting and I couldn’t wrap my tiny mind around it.