1 Corinthians 13:11 “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.”
I heard these lyrics in a song on the radio lately: “Never gonna grow up. Never gonna slow down”. It brings to mind discussions that I’ve been having and hearing on the irresponsible attitude that Pastor JJ calls “Perpetual adolescence”. A egocentric outlook of radical pleasure being the chief end of life and the proper goal of human endeavor. Fun is a part of life, but not life. Think about all of the people in the world in poverty without proper food, water, sanitation, shelter or clothing, trying to survive today. What about people that lose everything to natural disasters, like floods, fires, tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes? What about those who lose loved ones to disease, tragic accidents or even natural causes? What about the stress of unending bills, the job, the car, the house, and the family? Real life flies in the face of selfish hedonism. We must keep the main thing, the main thing and quit majoring on the minors. Chasing the wind of the exciting thrill will never lead to contentment and satisfaction in life. This is the journey, not the destination.
Hosea 8:7 “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.”
Life is not about “good” times, but about being a “godly” person, a “good” neighbor and excellent steward of God’s gifts. There is a time to be young, where someone is responsible for you, but there is a time to grow up and be responsible. We need mature adults with a balanced life perspective aligned with God's will, not permanent babies. Why on earth are we here?
Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 9-13 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God."
In Christ, Brian