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There’s no reason to make things any harder than what’s necessary. But merely taking the easy way out is not the path of maturity. And all too often we’ve become stuck on milk when it’s time to grow up and learn to eat solid food.

It’s natural and very much needed for a baby to drink milk exclusively. They’ve not matured enough to digest anything else.

But it’s reasonable to expect adults to eat regular meals of solid food. The occasional liquid diet is an exception, not the rule.

Unfortunately, this is not a transition we’ve always made in the rest of life.

For instance, in school we take whatever our teachers spoonfeed us in order to pass the test. We don’t develop our own curiosity and desire to learn.

Instead of taking the time to discover the deep purpose and meaning of our life, we settle for the political and cultural drama fed to us by our news and entertainment outlets.

And, even at church, we might enjoy the comfort of endless feel good messages rather than deepening our faith and growing in our life with God.

Milk is easy and it’s often something someone gives us.

On the other hand, solid food is not only harder to digest, it requires our active participation and it comes with risks. We might choke as we chew on issues and try to sort them through.

But this is how we grow – to dig deep and wrestle with issues, discovering the truth and goodness to align our lives with.

When we stay stuck on milk we remain infants and impotent to bring more life and goodness into the world. Solid food gives us the needed strength to make an impact for good.

Don’t live as infants stuck on milk. Wrestle with the heavy issues of life and grow into the fullness of your maturity.

Photo by ROBIN WORRALL on Unsplash

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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