. . Growing up in the world means getting closer to the world. Taking on a shell. Understanding how dangerous the world is. Replacing innocence and trust in people with something else. Fitting-in becomes an intense desire, because we are born with a need to be Loved to be accepted. God wants us to grow up and grow close to Him. Like a flower growing toward the sun. Having faith is like the turing of the earth to allow the sun’s rays to reach petals and leaves. The transformation is growth, in the way it was made to grow. . . . .