When my children were growing up, I told them that the true sign of maturity (to me) was for them to realize a truth that I continue to embrace: just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should do it”. Many young people are anxious to reach the milestone, the golden age of 18 or 21. Many believe that once they are of legal age, this means that they are “grown” and should be able to do as they please. As many quickly discover, age is nothing but a number.
Maturity has nothing to do with a person’s age. Maturity has more to do with the choices that one makes. Many young people are in the juvenile court system because of foolish, immature choices. The same holds true for adults who don’t consider the long term effects of their choices. Some end up in an early grave for the very same reasons.
Consider the costs, consequences and the risks that your choices will mean to you and to others before you act. Doing so may prevent you (and your family) from a lifetime of heartache.
Take action now: Meditate on 1 Corinthians 10:23 – “You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’–but not everything is good for you. You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’–but not everything is beneficial.” (New Living Translation)
Embrace this truth: You can do whatever you’d like, but at what cost?