The Long Path Toward Maturity

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Ah, the joys of youth. Nothing compares to the adventures of the immature. Obstinate, idealistic, passionate, and reckless. The approach to life is filled with risk taking.

Every discovery of life seems perfect, right, and noble. When the immature commit to a cause look out world. Their exuberance and zeal knows no bounds. They will “leap over tall buildings in a single bound” so to speak.

Then life happens; life confronts their worldview. Life challenges their ideology and tests their resolve. Not everything remains certain; doubts, second guessing creeps in. New information, new experiences cools their passion and tempers their critique of the world. Humility sets in and the realization that other perspectives can be valid allows wisdom and maturity to appear. This is a frightening time of growth, but necessary nonetheless.

Maturity calmly admits: “Our knowledge is incomplete and our ability to speak what God has revealed is incomplete. But when what is complete comes, then what is incomplete will no longer be used. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I no longer used childish ways (1 Corinthians 13:9-11).”

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