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August 30, 2016, 5:14 PM

Be An Adult

Have you heard of this new term, "adulting"? I never knew being an adult was a verb, but I guess it is now. The word is so popular among Millenials that the American Dialect Soceity, the organization that invented the "word of the year" award, nominated adulting as the winner. Adulting means that you start doing what adults are supposed to do. You know, things like...having a job, paying your own bills, getting your own apartment, cooking for yourself...things like this. 

The Apostle Paul referred to adulting in 1 Corinthians 13. "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 13:11

Adulting might be a new term but it's not a new concept. As Paul says as we become adults we should childish ways behind us. But we still struggle with this. I had lunch with a friend today who is in management in a large health care facility. He told me that one of the biggest headaches he has is adults that won't be adults. They want to come into his office and tattle on everyone and complain about everything. I know sometimes he feels like a first grade teacher having to explain to adults how to get along in the workplace. 

Let's just act like adults. Let's deal with our stuff in the right way. Let's be like Paul and put childish things behind us and move on with our lives. Our bosses and manager should not feel like they are dealing with a kindergarten class. Our pastors and elders should not feel as if they are trying to be a hall monitor in a junior high. Let's all grow up.

The writer of Hebrews was frustrated because the people were not adulting as Christians. He writes this, We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Hebrews 5:11-12

The point was that these people were still kids. They might have been 30, 40, 50 years old but they were not maturing. The were still acting like kids and their wisdom and knowledge was not increasing. Is this a message that we need to hear? Are will still acting like kids although we've been in the church for years? Are you still in the same place in your spiritual life even though you've been warming a pew for 30 years? 

I didn't know much about the verb, adulting, but maybe we can learn something from the millenials. Maybe we need to take action to grow into the people that God desires us to be and cause this word to be a verb after all. 

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