Thursday, February 6, 2014

What is Maturity?

God isn’t interested in our success
He’s interested in our maturity” (Fred Smith).

Maturity is what lack in our society today. I’m concern, do you? Maturity doesn’t necessary come with age or number of our birthdays; it comes, in my mind, with acceptance of responsibility. Where acceptance of responsibility absents or denied in the family circles or in workplace or church, it shows the level of our immaturity. Matured people accept responsible willingly and exercise authority with a humble heart. What else is maturity? Ann Landers writes:

Maturity is the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence or destruction.

Maturity is patience. It is the willingness to pass up immediate pleasure in favor of the long-term gain.

Maturity is perseverance, the ability to sweat out a project or a situation in spite of heavy opposition and discouraging setbacks.

Maturity is the capacity to face unpleasantness and frustration, discomfort and defeat, without complaint or collapse.

Maturity is humility. It is being big enough to say “I was wrong.” And, when right, the mature person need not experience the satisfaction of saying, “I told you so.”

Maturity is the ability to make a decision and stand by it. The immature spend their lives exploring endless possibilities; then they do nothing.

Maturity means dependability, keeping one’s word, coming through in crisis. The immature are masters of alibi. They are disorganized. Their lives are a maze of broken promises, former friends, unfinished business, and good intentions that somehow never materialize.

Maturity is the art of living in peace with that which we cannot change, the courage to change that which should be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Are you a matured person?
Pastor Chuck Swindoll puts it this way: “A sign of maturity is when you go
from a thick skin and a hard heart to a tough skin and a soft heart.”

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