Another year has gone by and we are on the cusp of a New Year. Our planet is coming of age and so are its inhabitants. Coming of Age means many things to different people and the timing may also vary widely in diverse cultures. We can safely concur that an advancement in years in most cultures is associated with wisdom and maturity.
But what does it mean in terms of spiritual maturation? I submit that A Healthy Fear of God moves us exponentially towards wisdom and understanding. As human beings we wrestle with the idea of an all powerful, all knowing God. As life happens to us we can allow our experiences to mould our existence and shape our acceptance of the I AM ness of God. Our faith is a catalyst for the enlightening of our souls and a lightening of our Load. A maturing faith embodies the beginning of true understanding.
Some indicators of how much 'you've grown' is a healthy recognition of what life is worth.
When material things begin to gather dust at your feet as the well being of other human spirits occupy your thoughts and desires, then you can 'almost safely' say you're on your way. .
Spiritual maturity causes such things as minor human infractions to recede into the crevasses of life (which is where they belong). The glittering jewels of childrens' smiles, relationships restored, and kingdom building figure more prominently in the fabric of your life. A well worn fabric threaded with the minor and the major, the hurt and the healing, the Power and the Glory.
And all the while our submission to God ensures that we're becoming.... Growing wiser, better, bolder, braver, more beautiful and blessed among men and women. Coming of age means a healthy respect for the Giver and the gift of Life. And with that knowledge comes the uncommon understanding that with each day and new year's dawning comes the urgency to make every minute count.
Happy New Year 2013