The saying goes, “Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.”
Some people call it a saying. In truth, it should be called a lie.
This kind of thinking is why we live in a world that is so dumb. We lack so much wisdom and knowledge. We want to be perpetual children in silver hair. We want to keep having “fun” the way we did as kids. Why grow up if you don’t have to? And our world has been bend of creating a culture that fits with that lie.
The problem is that it is a lie. I’m not a kid anymore. You aren’t a kid anymore. Growing old is mandatory, and, hold on, this may surprise you, but growing up is necessary.
Paul says this,
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11
There is a point when we stop being children. There is a time in our lives where we aren’t kids, but referred to as adults. There are no 35 year olds that play in the McDonald’s playground. If they try, they get arrested. That is for kids, not adults.
There are no mothers running up and down the football field at a kids’ flag football tournament. She would be thrown out, and her child would die of embarrassment. Kid’s flag football is for kids, not adults.
When adulthood starts maybe up for debate, but when it does start, childhood ends. Our society is sick because kids with beards, kids having kids, kids with grey hair are running around avoiding the responsibilities that come with adulthood.
It’s time to grow up. It’s time to move past man-childhood and on to adulthood. The fun may be different, but the life, reward, and fulfillment that adulthood offers is so much greater.
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