Peter Pan and Wendy Darling
1 Corinthians 13:11, Ephesians 6:1-3
Peanut Pan Cookies. (Get the recipe here!)
- What do these verses mean to you?
- Which part of scripture stands out to you the most? (Feel free to doodle!)
- How can you take the next step in growing up today?
All children, except one, grow up.
Peter Pan is one of those stories that I had always dreamed was real. One night a boy would break into my house and take me away to a place where I didn’t have to deal with the daunting choices of grown up life. Now that I’ve said it out loud it seems silly and kinda creepy. But then again, stories aren’t supposed to be like real life. They are a personal fantasy that gives us hope and helps us through the stresses of life.
In the beginning of Peter Pan we see Wendy, who has been told that she must grow up. And, like most of us, she doesn’t want to because she enjoys the simplicity and innocence of childhood. She meets Peter, a boy whose whole life revolves around having fun and doing whatever he wants. Throughout their adventures in Neverland, Wendy comes to realize that growing up isn’t all that bad. It’s something we all have to face sooner or later.
Like it or not, we all grow up. And that’s good. If we all stayed children nothing would get done and our world would fall apart.
1 Corinthians 13:11 tells us that eventually we will begin to see things differently. Just as Wendy did, we will see the advantage of growing up. She began to see the error of Peter’s ways, realizing that having responsibility and living in a protected home is a good thing.
Growing up is not something to be frightened of; it’s something to embrace and use to your advantage. I don’t know your exact age, but if you’re anything like me you’ve struggled with growing up for so long. I want to encourage you to give in. Growing up is scary, but it’s natural. Don’t fight against it; use it.
I hope this encourages you. I know it’s a lot different from my other devotionals, but it’s something that God has put on my heart to talk about.
Just remember that growing up doesn’t mean that you have to give up your interests. It actually means that you get the chance to finally pursue them better and use them in your life every day!