maturity

Thinking about maturity … for no particular reason??

Here is the opening of the Wikipedia article on psychological maturity:

Maturity is a psychological term used to indicate that a person responds to the circumstances or environment in an appropriate manner. This response is generally learned rather than instinctual, and is not determined by one’s age. Maturity also encompasses being aware of the correct time and place to behave and knowing when to act in serious or non-serious ways.

It says maturity is not determined by one’s age. True enough. Some people never seem to grow up. If that were true of someone at, say, 39, what would be the hopes for the future? (That’s twice 18 plus three more years.)

If a pastor exhibited ‘immaturity’ after 13 years of ministry … not just occasional immature actions, but constant, regular, daily, outrageous immaturity, what would you say?

How long would you wait for maturity to make its appearance?

Is your wait ever likely to be rewarded?

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