If you’re familiar with growing up, you know it wasn’t easy, especially the pre-teen and teen years. You may have felt a little peculiar, different, uncomfortable, out of place and out of sorts and totally in a daze about the world around you.
Over the past few months, multiple friends and family members of mine have been dealing with their issues, questions and concerns about life, about God, about faith, about purpose and calling and the list goes on.
Much like Christian and spiritual growth, it is a lot like puberty for many of us. We struggle with the WHY rather than accepting the fact that we are going to suffer. We struggle with the WHY of financial troubles. We struggle with wondering if everything will either stay the same or change. We even struggle with the question of why we don’t look like the other person.
We often can’t wait to be better.
Much like puberty, some of us couldn’t wait to be taller. Some of us couldn’t wait to look and sound like grown men and women. Some of us couldn’t wait to just get passed all of the embarrassing moments of stumbling stupidity that seems to befall all of us as we were transforming into young adults.
But, perhaps that’s the point.
The point is, all of us are going to suffer. All of us are going to go through. All of us are going to have moments of pressure and problems.
Some of us, not all of us of course, were fortunate to have that teacher, that parent, that coach or that leader or that one intelligent and wise adult who was filled with grace and mercy for us and understood that we needed to be told and shown that it really will be alright.
The church, for many of us, is health class. And in health class, you had some giggling. But other times, you had some getting a little weirded out. Confused even. But, if you were fortunate, you were taught the basics (which, by the way, expect a post on ‘going back to the basics’). Once you got the basics down and got wisdom behind it too, you understood what to do the minute you walked out of health class…or, the church.
You knew you were capable of doing a LOT of good or doing a LOT of evil.
Our Faith in God and Jesus Christ should move us to growth, to maturity and to action. Oh sure, our voices in our community will crack from time to time. And yes, we will have a bad break out of something ugly, and yes we will stumble and fall…especially if our equilibrium spiritually is still one to be reckoned with.
But, that’s part of the growth process, isn’t it! And know what, you’ll look back and probably laugh a little and say, “wow, been there and done that.”