Matthew 18:2-4 – He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (NIV 1984)
1 Corinthians 13:11 – 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. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – There is a world of difference between becoming like a little child (humble, innocent, trusting), and being childish (petty, pouty, immature). We should certainly grow-up to the “full-measure” while retaining (or is it regaining) our humility, innocence and ability to trust God fully – keeping a bit of the child in the heart or the man (or woman).
My Advice – Be a child, but don’t be childish.