The college junior has her first summer job. What I’m saying is she is not coming home this summer. If you hear what sounds like adults crying in the middle of the day, it's probably just the Blonde and me missing our baby girl.

Klaire was stressing about taking the job last week, her mother was not available, I was the next man up, so I called her and told her not to worry. If she went out to west Texas and hated the job to just call us and we would come and get her. I also told her she was growing up. Getting a job and doing things we don’t always want to do are a part of growing up. Her parents have to grow up too, the empty nest now includes empty summers.

I have a friend that says, not all problems are problems. He says, problems are things that can be fixed or have a solution and if it can’t be fixed or there are no solutions, then it is not a problem, it’s a fact. I get that. We don’t have a problem we have a fact, life is going to be different from now on.

We grow up spiritually too don’t we? Or at least that’s the idea. The writer of Hebrews calls the church “dull of hearing (5:11)” and says they should be much further down the road in their maturity. These people had stalled out and needed the basics again, “milk, not solid food (5:12).” I wonder what the guy who called these Christians out would say about us? How many of us are just playing a spiritual version of kick the can?

Immaturity in the church is not a fact, it’s a problem, it has a solution it’s called revival. Charles Finney said, “The experience of revival is nothing more than a new beginning of obedience to God.” Is that what we need? Reviving?

Hebrews 5:14 tells us when people can’t recognize right from wrong they lack a skill set that comes from training. Maybe some of us need to go back to Sunday School, learn a few basics like, “Jesus loves me, this I know.” Maybe, doing some things we don’t always want to do are in order as well (it’s part of growing up, right?). Things like, “Love your neighbor as yourself (Galatians 5:14).” It seems like we have forgotten some basics. Just thinking out loud.


Ken Ansell currently serves as a pastor and local missionary in small, rural Texas community. He plays lots of tennis and fly fishes when he can. He can be reached at