An older gentleman was looking at some Dinky toys in our showcase. I jokingly said “hey, you’re too old to play with toys.”
“No I’m not, I love my toys.”
” Who are you, Peter Pan? ”
“That’s right, I’m never going to grow up and stop playing with my toys.” His wife stood behind him and rolled her eyes.
Trouble is, he was dead serious! A grown man probably in his late 60’s, admitting that he wanted to act like a child.
There is a hobby store close to where I live. I’m always amazed that most people going into the store are older men. My neighbor has a room in his basement dedicated to his model train set. I can see it now, “excuse me dear, things are hard for me right now. I’m going to go down and play with my toy train for a while, can you bring me my blankie and my soother.”
Where did this fixation with childishness come from, and why are men refusing to grow up these days?
God has designed men to take on responsibility and to rule and reign on this earth. Man’s lower nature (read sin nature) is to avoid all such responsibility and retreat to redundancy. There is a cosmic battle going on. God is looking for men to be leaders, where as the devil, in opposition to God, wants men to be followers (of him). The stakes are high in this “battle for the hearts and minds of men” and the road is littered with the defeated souls to whom satan has said, “go play, let me take charge.”
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.