Rachel’s Thoughts: Grow Up

Christians should try to be mature, true. But maturity is a mental thing, which, when done properly, comes out your fingertips and spreads to your whole body. Maturity is not eyeshadow and flirting. Maturity is not forced laughter, noticeably louder when cute guys are around; it isn’t found in Old Navy, and it most certainly isn’t found in recreational dating (btw, has anyone ever heard of unrecreational dating?). Maturity is in the wisdom that comes, not necessarily with age, but with an understanding of God and His creation. Maturity is seen in everything, as is immaturity–from hairstyles to shoes.
Our childhood and pre-teen years should not be spent in the attempt to achieve the age of seventeen, which won’t come any faster, no matter what we wear. Because, when you finally do get there, you will be greatly disappointed. Then, you think you must have missed something, and spend the next sixty years of your life trying to get back. So, you invent hair dye. You invent wrinkle-removers. You spend all your money trying to look young.
Now, I’m not saying that young people shouldn’t try to be grown up–they should. But not in that way. They should try to be mature, not “grown up”. And there is a difference.
Little girls will always love playing dress up, no matter what you tell them. But you can rest assured that they’re focusing on the clothes, not the connotations associated with those particular styles (in Christian circles, at least. Most of the time). They love rainbows, but not because they’re the gay symbol. That’s why Jesus told us to be like little children.
Little people have an uncanny knack for seeing things in a different way than adults. To them, the world is chuck full of magic and princesses and castles, not drunks and sin and death. When five-year-olds look at spiders, they see in interesting blob that moves and wraps sticky stuff around any little bugs you put near them. They do not see the eight-legged who-knows-how-many-eyed creature from the Black Lagoon that teens and young adults see, or the poisonous pests that old people view them as. They see the wonder in things that God intended for all of us to see, but we have been blinded by the views of the world.
A child sees someone being kind and appreciates it for what it is, and sees wickedness and rightly condemns it as evil. When you get older, they fill your brain full of things called “motives” and “justice” and “circumstantial evidence” and knock out all the good things, such as “love” and “charity” and “right and wrong”.
Sure, you say. They’re also afraid of the dark, and of thunderstorms.
Correct. They are. Maybe we should be too.
“The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded”- 2 Sam 22:14


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