Maturity

My kids are big questions askers. I answer about 200 questions a day, so it did not surprise me when Number Three’s first word/sentence turned out to be “This?” accompanied with a point at whatever object interested him. The older they get though, the tough the questions become.

We are currently using a game called Character Clues in our devotion/bible time. This game is seriously hard to find, unless you have an awesome Dad who purchased it X many years ago. The best that I could find on the internet is a chart that contains the definitions. For those of you that have ever played Pit, the rules are similar except at the end, you play a round where you must be able to identify each character quality by it’s definition. The kids love it because our study involves coming up with “stories” to accompany each character quality. My oldest also enjoys it because he is the dictionary man. Every time they hear a word that they don’t know, he rushes to get the dictionary out and look it up.

The other day, The Girl Child asked what maturity meant. The dictionary said this:

ma·tur·i·ty – The state or quality of being fully developed or grown.

Umm…. yeah. That was not exactly helpful. I was thrilled when I saw this quote that a friend posted on Facebook:

“Maturity does not come with age. It comes with the willingness to accept responsibility.”

While it doesn’t define maturity, it does open a window of understanding. In fact, a large part of maturity is the willingness to accept responsibility for what we have done or what we haven’t done. I can pretty much pinpoint the day that I thought “Wow, Number One is maturing!” to the day he first came to me of his own volition and said “I am sorry Mommy, I should not have done that. It was wrong and I won’t do it again.” Words that bring joy to a mother’s heart.

There is another word for this. Repentance. Am I acknowledging my sin before God and turning from it? Doing that, in obedience to God’s Word, brings spiritual maturity.

~Annemarie

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