Maturity is one of the closest friends we will ever have.
It makes us aware of an oncoming danger, it helps us find strength in moments of uncertainty and weakness, and it allows us to do the work we need to do with a sense of pride and conviction.
Yet one of the most unattractive things about maturity is that it simply doesn’t always feel good to be mature.
It feels better to focus on enjoying life rather than finding meaning in it
It feels better to settle with who we are rather than improve ourselves
It feels better for us to always be right and for everyone else to always be wrong
It feels better to be a boy with no cares or responsibilities rather than a man who pushes himself to his limits at every opportunity he gets.
Yet in spite of this, the unchangeable reality of our lives is that while fading away and dying will always be easy, improving ourselves and living with purpose will always be hard.
To turn from the thoughts and habits that make you as a child is to turn from the sin and evil that threatens not only to pull you away from the will of God but also destroy the person that you were always meant to be, the person this world needs you to be.
There will always be an abundance of people who engage their lives with a mindset of complacency and childlike preference of pleasure over purpose, as men and women of God we are called to be more than that.
So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
We are leaders who lead not for the sake of gaining of power or control but for the sake of setting good examples through our actions and character.
3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
1 Peter 5:3
We are parents who love their children with patience, kindness, and discipline.
6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it
We are workers who take pride in the work we do in its own right and not through its comparison to the work of others.
But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.
We are spouses who stand by our husbands or wives through the steadfast and enduring love of God and not through the fickle and ever-changing love of man.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
We are warriors that fight back against the hold of sin not only in our lives but in the lives of those in the world around us.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
We are all called to be more than just ourselves in our lives.
We are called to be kings and queens in the kingdom that will never fade.
And we can be everything that God would have us to be by making a consistent effort to grow in our wisdom, love, and humility each and every day of our lives.
Everday is another opportunity to come closer to the God who created us and loves us and become more like the men and women of God that he knows we have the potential to be.
Every day of our lives is another opportunity to grow, I say let’s go seize it.
This is 30 Days of Growth: Day 30
To anyone who has followed this series so far, I truly thank you. Spending so much time with the word has truly refined the way I’m able to live my life in so many ways and it truly makes me happy that at least one person would take time out of there day to hear would I have to say. I’m planning to post a least once every two days until this coming August when I’m to return to school. I’m still thinking of the best way to do this consistently while I’m in school but the one thing I’m certain of is there will be more to come. If you would be willing to listen, I’ve still got a lot more things to say.
So don’t go far because I’m not finished yet, not by a long shot.
From a year ago, to now, and hopefully for a long time to come, Thanks for Reading!