I recently attended a Christian men’s meeting where the preacher delivered a powerful sermon on giving God the honor and respect that is due him. Moments after the message concluded, a young boy, perhaps 12 or 13 years old, came in and sat down near me. He showed me a toad he had in his hands. Evidently he had found it outside, and what boy can resist picking up a toad when he gets the chance?
My mindset changed quickly. I suddenly went from meditating on the Almighty God to looking at a toad!
I don’t blame the boy for exchanging a great opportunity to worship for a few moments with a toad. We all made immature decisions like that when we were at that age. However, we have to grow up and make better choices about our priorities. At some point, we have to stop chasing toads and start pursuing the presence of God.
“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.”—1 Corinthians 13:11.