Friday, March 24, 2006

Bringing on Maturity

For lack of anything better to post, here: This is from a [fiction] journal I wrote long, long ago.

MATURITY:

1. Stop thinking about yourself. Don’t walk into a group worrying about the way you look, the way you feel, the things you’re saying. Take interest in the things that are being said by others and try to make them feel good.

2. Have a little initiative. When you see something that needs to be done – don’t wait around for someone else to do it, do it yourself. If a brother, sister, or friend needs help, don’t expect someone else to come to their rescue. Offer your assistance. (Don’t always expect praise – just do those things to be nice. You’ll get your reward in Heaven.)

3. Read good books, geared towards the older group instead of most of the cheesy stuff sifted through the teen entertainment mafia today. Think through things deeply, study hard, read a lot, and try to keep a clear mind about things in general.

4. Be friends with someone older than yourself. They can really help when it comes to things you’re struggling with because they’ve most likely already been through (and conquered) the thing themselves and can give good advice.

5. Don’t abandon a relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray without ceasing, establish a daily Bible reading routine, and try to behave in a Christ-like manner, asking for His help and blessing in all your endeavors.