Growing up to know God

Most of us can probably look back and recall some special experience in our lives that made us feel for the first time that we were finally entering the world of "grownups." Of course, becoming an adult never actually happens overnight, and we all discovered soon enough that those first invigorating glimpses of adulthood were still to be followed by some hard lessons and perhaps a fair share of childish mistakes.

The time I remember most vividly taking the somewhat shaky steps past boyhood was during the summer after high school. I had secured a job as a deckhand on a towboat that pushed barges up and down the Mississippi River.

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