An Adult Innocence “Pay Forward” #263

Today’s “Pay forward” gift is – An Adult Innocence. In the early years of my Spiritual quest, I experienced a special kind of Spiritual innocence that I dearly cherished. “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” However, I had to pass through a time of Spiritual adolescence, indeed a transitional period of awakening, learning and development within this human condition, which seem to last far too long. A major sticking point was thinking and feeling that I would have to recapture my naïve; Spiritual innocence. I was willing to take responsibility for the wrongs I had done, and to kick myself out of the “Spiritual cradle.” With that, responsibility comes the illusion that I would have to earn back my Spiritual innocence. When I could not, I came down on myself; lacking understanding and mercy. As I let go of the past, good and bad, I was opened to the experience of a Spiritual adult. I realized I was responsible for my choices, my actions, plus the need to trust our Father for the results. This Spiritual adult innocence flows from my abiding faith in our Father's loving grace. If I continue to live A.As’ spiritual principles the best, I can daily, and I believe through a gift of grace, I may become a Spiritual Elder. Then I will know even as I am known. Thy Love, Thy Will be done.