1 Corinthians 13:11 – When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Maturity has been undeniably linked to age, we expect more from adults than kids or teens. It exhibits its qualities from the decisions, behaviour, actions and reactions of an individual. Frankly, age is the main motive behind maturity because of the experiences from the interactions with people and environment and there’s time for everything. This is true because, I’ve had personal observations and I can conclude that there are some things i did last year or the year before that I would not do today, or even think about. Not because they are bad, but I’ve found reasons not to do them anymore. Some of those actions seem stupid now, and I can’t even believe I did some of them.
Since, we are not perfect and no matter how hard we try to act matured we still won’t get to that point of perfection cause we are humans, though, we can be close to perfection. Knowledge is what makes us matured. Together, let’s take a look at the exhibitions of maturity, which can be:
- What we say
- What we do-decisions, judgment, reactions
These two exhibitions are affected by our understanding and thoughts. There was a time when I had to sleep till my mother came to wake me up in the morning for school, which she did without complaining, until it got to a time when I had my alarm and got myself up and ready for school, this was because, I knew I had my grades at stake. I had to come to the realization that my success was determined by my own actions. I felt responsible enough, and reacted accordingly-understanding.
Though, older persons are believed to be more matured, maturity is not fully determined by age. One of the reasons younger people can be pardoned for their immaturity is because they rarely face the consequences of their actions, but adults are held responsible for their actions, since they can’t be perfect as i mentioned earlier, adults can still behave immaturely. The ability for one to act matured is the same as acting the right way at the right time, which can be attained by the constant monitoring of our actions and reactions. That moment when you were not supposed to reply the driver that was yelling, when you said what you were not supposed to say. Review every moment, read people’s facial expressions when you act, and strive to be better.
I have a little exercise I perform, sort of meditating which has helped me well-Most nights, i dedicate less than 15 minutes in my head, to go through all i did during the day, my success, mistakes, lessons and everything i remember goes into one of these categories. I’ll advice you to try this once in a while, or everyday till it becomes an habit.
As we try to improve ourselves, don’t let us forget that we can always do so productively by putting God first and acknowledging Him in all we do. Say this little but effective prayer:
I thank You Lord for knowledge and understanding. Direct me Lord, to know what to do at the right time to your glory.
THANK YOU FOR READING!!!