Back When I Knew it All (Part 3)

Remember back to when you were young and you thought you were mature? How many times did people challenge that statement and you had your pride kick in and defended yourself by saying, “I’m MATURE!! I’m 16!” or “I’m Mature… I’ve experienced so much of life!”
In life it always seems we want to be or think we’re in a season in which we’re not equipped for or in which we would not be prepared for. We want the label of being mature without having the responsibility that comes with it.
Over the past 5 or 6 years this issue of maturing has been a big one for me. No one wants to be told their immature. So here are some nuggets on what I’ve found out about maturity:
  • Maturity doesn’t come with age, but with acceptance and follow through of responsibility
  • Mature people motivate themselves…no one should have to tell you to cut the grass, paint the house, etc.
  • Maturity is the ability to have a thought and not share it, have a dollar and not spend it, and to have an emotion and not act on it.
  • Spiritual maturity is when the inner man dominates the outer man.
I think as we pass through different seasons of our lives we have the opportunities to mature more and more, but we have to take initiative and responsibility to act on them. Maturing isn’t always easy or fun, but it is necessary if you want to reach your potential. Maturity, like success, I believe is a journey and not a destination. If done right, it can be a wonderful experience!
What opportunities do you have in your life right now to mature?

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