I am 30 years old. I am a completely different now than when I was as a kid. In many ways I still act like a kid… but my personality, likes and dislikes, have changed drastically. Although I still love many things I loved as a kid, here is a list of things that when I was 10 years old, I NEVER thought I would say…
1) “I love flossing” – What kid in their right mind likes flossing? That was always the worst part of getting ready for bed. My gums were bleeding, fingers were going numb as they lost blood circulation because floss was wrapped so tightly around them, wondering how does a person put their whole hand in their mouth to get to the teeth in the back. I was ok with the fact that according to dentist assistant “the germs are building a city in between your teeth”. As a matter of fact, after about 2 tries, I don’t think I ever tried again. I think I have figured out why I hated flossing as a kid though. Floss picks! If floss picks would have been around in the 80′s… no germs in my mouth! I think floss picks are the greatest invention ever made and I really do consider the person who invented them a genius. Now that I have the floss pick, I cannot stand the feeling of going to bed without flossing.
2) “I love onions” – I hated onions as a kid. Maybe it was the texture, the crunchiness, the fact that they made me cry. Whatever it was, I didn’t like onions on anything. There were times when I scraped onions off of a cheeseburger at McDonalds. As I have gotten older, I have learned to love the addition of an onion on certain foods. Hot Dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, sloppy joe’s, are about 100 times better with an onion.
3) “I love going to church” – Growing up as a pastor’s kid, going to church wasn’t just something we did once a week on a Sunday morning. We were there at least 3 times a week, sometimes 4 or 5, and sometimes every night of the week. Back in those days, our church didn’t really have a kids program so I was stuffed in “big church” with all the adults. I once thought about putting a tent in the back yard of our church just because it would have saved me the time and energy of getting ready. Football season was brutal. Revivals and missions conferences always seemed to fall on the same night as the “game of the year”! I remember specifically taking matters into my own hands the year the 49ers and Cowboys played in an epic NFC championship game. I pulled out the old “earphone through the shirtsleeve trick”. Best sermon my dad ever preached! As I’ve gotten older, my passion for sports hasn’t changed, but my passion for God and fellowship with other believers has. I love church and I especially love the small group atmosphere.
4) “I love reading” – Now I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that loving reading is high on my list. When I was a kid, I hated reading. With a passion. There is a part of me that still does. I think I will always naturally ask myself “hmmm, I wonder when the movie comes out” when I see a book. But the reality is that as I have gotten older, I now see the value in reading. I embrace it more than I did when I was a kid. I understand the importance of reading in my life. I’m still not disciplined as much in this area as I would like to be, but considering where I was as a kid… when Cliff and I were best friends… you remember him right? Cliff Notes. Yea… me and him were good buddies in high school.
5) “I love giving things away” – Kids are usually selfish by nature. Not all, but most. It’s kind of a disease we get by being born in America. After a few years we begin to buy into the philosophy that we are owed certain things, or we deserve things. It’s no ones fault – it’s the result of being in a wealthy society. Watching commercials during kids programming on TV is like a year-long Christmas advertisement. There are always new, cool toys that we want. And normally that doesn’t go away as we get older. However, as I have grown up, matured, and gotten closer to Christ, I have learned to love the idea of giving things away. Trust me… I’m still extremely selfish, and sometimes my inner child takes over when I see something cool. But the reality is that there are 2 verses that I want to make more real in my life…
Acts 20:35 – In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “
Luke 12:33 – Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
So that’s my list. There many others as well. Playing the piano, drinking milk, saying “I love you” to a girl other than my mom. All things I hated as a kid, but now they are as part of my life as going to sleep every night.
What about you? Serious or funny… What are things that you couldn’t stand as a kid, but now couldn’t see yourself living without?