Grow Up!

On November 12, 1982, I was born at 1:05 pm.  On November 12, 2012, I turned 30.  Many people struggle with this fact.  Those of us that have gone through it know what I am talking about.  When you turn 30 you are expected to leave behind the childish things that you used to do in your 20’s.  What happens if you are not ready? What if we don’t want to?

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 13:10-12 NIV)

Many times we have apprehension about putting things away.  Whether it be a relationship we still are playing with, our commitment to God that we still have not fulfilled or working a job that has little or nothing to do with God’s purpose for our life.  We are simply comfortable playing with the things that we should have outgrown by now. It should come a point in our lives that we leave certain things behind.  How many times have we seen a child that we felt were too old to still be sucking their thumb or pacifier?  Or the one that looks too big for a bottle?  We look at that child, as well as their parents, as foolish for allowing that to go on.  The problem is we are willing to represent God as our father in an unappealing light because we have chosen to not grow out of certain things.

At what point do we take things to another level in our walk with God?  We should not still be reading books with pictures if we have moved on to a collegiate level.  When will we get to the in-depth relationship that we are supposed to have?  We often times have a problem with getting older because with age also comes the expectation of wisdom and maturity. We should be at a point that we can see some change. We should be able to look at our past and say I’ve grown in my walk with God.  I anger less, serve more, praise often, read further, and pray longer.

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity. ( Hebrews 6:1 NIV)

We like being young because it is care-free, easy, void of responsibilities and expectations.  It allows us to do certain things and not have any consequences.  The problem is that nobody can stay a kid forever.  It is time for us to be able to say I’m not the same person I was as a child.  I have moved forward in my life, as well as my dedication and faith.  I have come to a point in my life that I am acting my age.

Dear Daddy,

I come before You apologizing for all the times that I chose not to embrace adulthood and the times I misrepresented You.  I pray that You can give me the strength that I need to move past my childish ways and move toward my mature destiny. I am asking that You allow me to be where I am supposed to be in my walk with You.  I pray that my heart, mind, and body are on one accord and moving forward and not looking back. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to move past the phase of a rebellious child and begin acting spiritually mature.  Now that you have gotten older know that you are forgiven and it is time to take your wisdom and knowledge and help someone else to grow up.

What childish ways has God urged you to give up lately?

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Born This Way


Ms. Sherita Shelton currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling and is currently pursuing her counseling license.  Sherita works as a therapist and case manager for children as well as adults.  She facilitates groups for single women and offers mentoring and individual counseling for her clients.  Sherita’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lot not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

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