Reruns

I’m going to seriously date myself here, but who remembers the 80s series Moonlighting? Who used to anxiously await the next episode? Who was always disappointed when it ended up being a rerun? This was before streaming, so you actually had to wait a whole week before the new episode. The horror.

Well, tonight’s Ragamuffin Gospel Fan blog post is a rerun. First, I couldn’t think of anything new. Second, I ran across a G. K. Chesterton quote that always hits me in the feels. He expresses a truth about God ( and consequently about us as humans) that bears repeating.

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, ‘Do it again’; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that he has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore.”

I like the idea that growing in Godliness means we are growing young instead of growing old. It’s like we are growing again toward the innocence and wonder of childhood as opposed to the cynicism and weariness of old age. All the best people I know are the ones who are mature and yet have a childlike (not childish) quality about them. They are, as I hope to be, growing young.

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