Today I turned 22. I can’t even describe how fantastically weird that feels. 22. Twenty-two. No matter how you phrase it, I can’t help but feel that something life changing happened at midnight. Some of you may be thinking that it’s just a new day, but for me it really is a new dawn. I guess it’s his dawned on me that I am really (inescapably no matter how hard I try) a fully fledged adult. You’d think I would have realised this at 18 or 21, but they were different and so was I. I still felt like I child who’d learnt to walk on their own but didn’t quite have to go anywhere by themselves yet. Although I had long let go of the apron strings, I knew they were close by in case I wanted to grab hold again. Today, on the other hand, is different. I flew the nest earlier this year, and now I’m no longer 21-young and fun, this new age brings with it a new era. I remember joking around earlier this year, laughing that our upcoming employers were actually going to give us real responsibility, as if we weren’t just children with degrees. I guess today feels different. I finally feel like the adult my birth certificate claims I am.
So what’s new at 22? Something’s got to give with this new rite of passage into adulthood.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. -1 Corinthians 13:11
Along with this new disposition is a strong sense that I should be doing something new. No more living in the moment and closing my eyes to uncertain road ahead. One thing I plan on doing is making this a year of spiritual maturity to match my newly found earthly one. I’ve learnt one big thing in the 22 years I’ve been blessed with and I hope you won’t have to learn this the hard way, like I did.
It’s now or never
Procrastination, if we let it, will kill us. If you don’t do it now, you might never get a chance. My motto for this year is to never let ‘I can’t be bothered,’ be a deterrent for anything I want to do, and that includes spending time with Jesus. We so easily undervalue our quiet time with God and then wonder why years go past and we haven’t grown spiritually. Whether we like it or not, time will pass, and we will get older, hopefully wiser, but we should definitely endeavour to mature in The Lord.
Let’s ‘put away childish things’ today and look forward to getting older in God.