So, what is maturity? What does it mean to be an adult? While there are many possible definitions, here is a unique thought to consider. An adult is a person who can look at pain or difficulty and instead of turning away or distracting themselves, they can make choices to respond appropriately.
Case in point, The Good Samaritan! While traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, a man was robbed, beaten, and left lying on the road. A religious leader walked by, looked briefly, averted his gaze, and walked on. A second religious leader walked by and did the same. Finally, a man from a different faith and culture came upon the victim and looked intently at the situation, and then felt deep compassion. He then squatted down, touched the man, attended to his wounds with wine and oil, put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn where he paid for him to have a room to recover. He then promised the Innkeeper that he would return and pay for any further costs incurred by the Innkeeper (Luke 10:30-37).
Adults have learned to appropriately embrace the reality around them. A Biblical world view that gives them a context for their human existence. A political world view that is adequately formed thus fostering responsible citizenship. Intellectual and artistic development that allows them to think critically and possess independent thought.
While there are many more categories we could list, one of the most important and least developed within our society and churches, is emotional and relational intelligence. The ability to look at oneself and others and to draw realistic observations and conclusions is a rare but highly important skill that must be developed to become a mature adult.
We’ll look at this further next week.
Thanks for listening,
Milan & Kay