Sermon Illustrations

I read about a woman who grew backward. She lived in Virginia some years ago. The Virginia Medical Monthly carried her story: She had grown normally and had three children. Life was great until her husband died when the children were in high school. The mother doubles her devotion to the children. But at that point, something happened within her. She snapped. Whether it was the result of trauma or stress, we do not know. She changed her clothes to those of a twenty-year-old and joined in her children’s parties and fun.

In a few years the children noticed that as they grew older their mother was growing younger. Psychiatrist call it “personality regression,” which means a person is walking backward. Usually such people stop going backward at a certain age. But not this woman.

She slipped backward at the rate of one year for every three or four months that went forward. When she was 61 she acted like a 6-year old. Eventually she was institutionalized, where she insisted on wearing the clothes appropriate to that age. She played with toys and babbled like a child.

Then she became like a 3-year-old.; she spilled her food, crawled on the floor, and cried “Mama.” Finally she went back over the line and died.

While this may be an extreme example, I do believe that if we do not fill our minds with God’s Word, we too will shrink spiritually, or at best we will remain spiritual “babes.”