What’s a Grown-up?
One of the things that would make my job a LOT easier would be if people’s chronological maturation automatically translated into emotional and spiritual maturity.
Yeah, it doesn’t.
As a result, a (large) part of my job is to help these kids grow up into mature adults. This past weekend, I asked about 120 high school and junior high students to complete this sentence:
An adult is someone who_________.
The goal was to have a conversation about what maturity looks like. As always, their answers surprised and challenged me (and in a few cases made me laugh).
Which one stands out the most to you?
An adult is someone who…
- is mature and makes decisions according to what is right no matter how hard it may be.
- can drink any sort of drink. Also rent things, like cars and roto-tillers.
- is mature because they’ve learned from their mistakes.
- recognizes their responsibilities and fulfills them.
- is able to take responsibility for their own actions, can take care of themselves, confronts problems head on in a mature and respectful way and knows who they are and who they aren’t.
- can sneak downstairs in the middle of the night just to eat some chocolate frosting out of the fridge without having to worry about getting yelled at by anybody
- can handle hardship in ways that glorify God and support those around them who need them.
- is completely responsible for themselves and who has complete freedom, but chooses to do the right things.
- doesn’t have most things done for them; they do things themselves or for other people.
- has been through stuff and is better for it now.