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It is a Hard Thing to Grow Up!


Did you want to grow up? Because we were never there before, we wanted to.  “It must be wonderful, to be a grown up, to be free, to do what you want, when and how you want?”  Or so we thought.  Amen!

To grow up, to be “free” is to make decisions, right or wrong, and to be held accountable for them, right or wrong. To grow up and be free is to have an effect on everyone we know, good or bad.  Growing up creates a maturity that will have an influence, that will lead others down a wrong road in life or a good one, to choose to live for selfish purposes or for someone else.  It is to make and want yourself to be happy or someone else happy whether you are happy or not.  To grow up is to have freedom to believe in God, or to reject him as being merely a deity that keeps you from doing what you want to do.  It is a hard thing to grow up!

Oh, I wished my children would never grow up, but they did. Why did I wish that?  Because, I grew up!  As a pastor, I watch our babies and young Sunday school children, I really wish they would not grow up; “will you please always be like you are so loving and sweet,” the notes and picture’s they bring me, while pretending to take notes while I preach.  No matter how much I love and teach them, they have to grow up themselves and form the character that is within them, I can’t do it for e’m!

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ― Anne Frank

We fear maturity and what it brings. But grow up we did, grow up we must, everyone, and face the consequences of it – no matter how hard it is to grow up.  Jesus said it like this; Matt 5:48 You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect. AMP

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