Issue of March 4, 2018
Mt. Province

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Not that kid anymore

“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 childish ways behind me.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11

I came across this verse while watching a Hollywood action movie. It surprises me how it seems unfamiliar because in the Bible, it is preceded by verses about the definition of love that I always hear from people. Truly, as human beings, change should emanate in us as we age. Almost every day, we encounter people behaving in childish ways and sometimes, we do the same.

The verse, when read or recited whole-heartedly, has the effect of a pledge albeit the verb is in the past tense. The verse reminds us that as we grow older, we are expected to act our age in words and deeds. As it is always said, we are not getting any younger, and that applies to every aspect of our lives.

People usually express their disappointment when a younger person seems to be more mature than the person older than him. Maturity, they say, isn’t about age but manners.

Hence, we should be more open-minded and more sensitive to our environment to serve as good examples to the young ones. When we are hurt by others, we say “No” to revenge. When we are down because we lost, we should be humble enough to concede. When we want something, we work for it. Sometimes we resent other people for the difficulties and bigger responsibilities that come our way but still, we try our best to be self-reliant. We are not that kid anymore who seeks for empathy after quarreling with a playmate, or cries to his mother for another candy after dropping the first one.

Physically, we all mature but not in the inside. It is a spiritual quest. We work on our inner selves to be upright in the outside. It is true that experiences make us grow but it does not always happen that way because we do not always reflect from our mistakes. As one author says, the second time you make the same mistake, it is no longer a mistake, it’s a choice. The right actions we choose to do in our daily lives are reflections of maturity in us.

It is indeed encouraging to always have this verse as a reminder when being challenged by feelings and thoughts that result in demeanors not appropriate to the reputation of the grown up person we ought to be – because we are not that kid anymore.

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