When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things (1 Cor 13:11)~ As children we say we hate people who are different than us or disagree with us or don’t like what we like. As adults we are supposed to be mature enough to respect that people can be different. As children we called people out of their name if they were ‘different’ than us just to get a supporting reaction from those around us who might just agree with us but didn’t come up with it before we did; and if we are different and people don’t like us, we assume they have a problem just because they don’t like how we are different. As adults we are supposed to be mature enough to respect a person’s views, way of life or beliefs as who they are and not seek to tarnish them for it. As children, we formulated an opinion of someone and developed a like or dislike based on what our ‘friends’ said about them or a rumor that was going around about them. As adults we are supposed to be mature enough to not judge a book by its cover; to get to know a person for ourselves before we just “not like” them because of what some hater said about them. As children we heard what another person said but shared our own versions of it among ourselves and created our own truths. As adults we are supposed to be mature enough to not subscribe to rumors and rhetoric, but take a person for their word and decide what is true based on real tangible facts, not social media responses, fabricated and modified opinions and twisted context. AS CHILDREN we think it’s okay to just say whatever we want at any level of disrespect, no matter how it comes out and hide behind the guise of things like free speech. As adults, we are supposed to be MATURE enough to keep our speech tactful and respectful toward each other, even if we disagree with each other. As children, we look at freedom as the release from restraint and rules to do whatever we want. As adults, we SHOULD BE MATURE enough to embrace our freedoms with self control and exercise of moral obligation, with genuine regard to the respect of God and others, not act like some recently uncaged untameable creature running rampant not knowing which unregulated feature to experiment with first! So we continually ask ourselves why are things so crazy these days…well, now it’s obvious – we’re all a bunch of IMMATURE CHILDREN who don’t know how to treat each other, won’t talk to each other and can’t respect the differences between us. In fact, contrarily, we PROMOTE our childish behavior in everything from reality TV to the nightly news to social media! We’re more concerned about the ‘likes’, hashtags and retweets we get than the quality and integrity of our actions! We praise and even pay lucratively the person who has the most outlandish way of expression and we make it our mission to bring down anyone who opposes our views! We create rules that allow us the freedoms to retain our ugliness toward each other — We fight so hard to be that ‘inner child’ that these days even our own children don’t know how to respect us! We refuse to act like men and women, so much so that the children are now telling US what to do! When we grew up we had ‘older folk’ that acted like adults and became leaders and role models and their philosophies were based on sound principles and doctrines of truth and divinity. We are in such a place today that our ‘doctrines’ are philosophies that say “Sometimes to make things right you have to do the wrong thing!” – Whatever happened to “two wrongs don’t make a right!”??? It’s really a fearful thing when we are more concerned about everyone being ‘happy’, even if what we do to get there is the wrong thing. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”. So, “grown folk”, we have to ask ourselves, are we teaching our children the maturities they need to have or are we just letting them be who they are…children…while hoping they’ll grow into it on their own one day? Are we being the adults we want our children to be? Yes experience builds character, but what kinds of experiences are we CREATING for them in our own actions and ways? Grown ups, it’s time that WE …GROW UP and act like MEN and WOMEN!!!