“I Used to Love…”

By Kim Chaffin

I Used to LoveGrowing up I loved Holly Hobbie, roller-skating, and playing flashlight tag.  As I grew up I grew away from my love of those things and found new passions.  I think it is a normal process for all of us. As we grow older, our likes change with the seasons of our life.

Recently in my quiet time with the Lord while praying about what I should write for you, I was reminded of my love for Holly Hobbie. I know that is a strange thing to have come to my mind.  I believe God was trying to tell me that He did not want to become like Holly Hobbie. He did not want me to ever come to a point in my life when I would say, “At one time I loved God but I have outgrown Him now.”

I know so many teens and young adults that were raised with the love of the Lord in their lives but as they went through high school, into college or jobs, God no longer played much of a part in their lives, if any at all.

God is the one constant for all the seasons of our lives.  As teenagers or young adults you will be faced with so many new and exciting things; some good and some not so good.  As you make room for new dreams and passions, please do not put God away in a box with your childhood toys.  He doesn’t want to be something you used to love but outgrew.

Although I used to love Holly Hobbie, roller-skating and playing flashlight tag, I have outgrown them but I will never outgrow God. I pray that you will not either.  Matthew 22:37-38 (NIV) says, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.

Don’t let God become someone you used to love.

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