- What was your experience as a child?
- Did you find it difficult transitioning from a child to an adult?
- How did the transition impact your words, thoughts and deeds?
A strict ceremony most Jewish boys have to go through is the bar mitzvah, which marks their passage from being a boy to a man. Different cultures have various ways of celebrating this phase in a boy’s life. In Swaziland, I hear that a lion has to be killed with bare hands to confirm their new status as a man.
Regardless of the details of the ceremony, the passage comes with changes in the way a man conducts his affairs. I hear that during the bar mitzvah, elders give advice on different subjects, ranging from the money management to how to treat others, preparing him for what he will face in future.
The Bible confirms the importance of this phase and what it entails in 1 Corinthians 13 verses 11 – 12:
When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. There is a time in our lives when we need to grow up and move from drinking milk to eating meat. We have the added advantage of having the Holy Spirit with us every step of the way.
Points to Ponder
- As children, we tend to rely completely on our parents or those that have been giving authority over us.
- A major milestone is our transition from being children to becoming adults which involves a process
- As adults, we now take total responsibility for our words, thoughts and deeds
©Insight for the Day 2015