Have you seen posts lately advertising that folks don't feel up to "adulting?" Well, "adulting" is important...for you and the kids you teach!
It's been awhile since I've written because I have a precious, 6-week old son at home! (I'll share about our joyous gift another time!) We've had 3 baby showers honoring this little boy. My husband and I sent out birth announcements to loved ones. Not a week goes by that someone doesn't come by the house with a gift. Yes, our son is truly celebrated! But society is good at celebrating birth, isn't it? What about death? Listen to this verse I ran across recently:
"And the day of one’s death better than the day of one’s birth." Ecclesiastes 7:1, AMP
This verse is saying that our death date says more about us than our birth date. Wow! That shifts perspective a bit, huh? As much as I love and celebrate the birth of my son, (and believe me I'd shower him with a lifetime of kisses and that wouldn't be enough!) my job is to shape him into a good adult. Yes, adult.
When I think of someone whose funeral will be more of a celebration than their birth, I think of Billy Graham. Can you imagine the multitudes who will stop, reflect and say, "That man changed my eternal destination!" His death date will speak loudly of a life spent doing what God called him to do.
Babies are cute and cuddly, but if they never mature the cuteness wears off. Ephesians chapter 4 talks about the process of maturing we are all called to:
"No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors.
God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—
like Christ in everything." Ephesians 4:14, MSG
God wants us to grow up; to become more like Christ in wisdom, speech and conduct. If we are to become like Christ aren't we glad Jesus didn't stay a babe? I'll repeat a phrase I use often, "Our goal should not be to raise great kids. We should raise kids who become great adults." Adults get things done. Adults contribute to society. Adults care more about others than themselves. Adults see the big picture. Adults make decisions in light of eternity.
So, if you use the phrase, "I can't adult" around me, I'll remind you that your death date is more important than your birth date. You better grow up and get busy doing what God has called you to do!