No, I’m not using the word ‘mature’ as it’s used above “for mature audiences only”. (Always puzzled by that one, since the subject matter that follows seems to me to be for little boys who never became men, but I digress.)
The real reason I’m asking is because of what I read in Philippians 3:15 as part of my devotions recently. Paul says if we’re mature, we should have ‘this mind’. What mind?
To answer that, you must go back to read verse 13, where he describes the one thing he did as “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching for those things which are ahead.” That mindset, according to the greatest Apostle who ever lived, shows maturity!
Did you watch the US Little League World Series a few weeks ago? If you did, you must have noticed that when the Jackie Robinson boys (who made all Chicagoland SO proud!) rallied to take the lead from Las Vegas, a team that had dominated the series until then, the boys from Nevada acted like boys; i.e., they were so unnerved by the previous batter, that they couldn’t get their heads back into the game for the next batter. Their emotions got the best of them and they lost, in large part, because they couldn’t forget those things which are behind.
That’s ok when you’re 12 years old. It’s to be expected at that age. But when a person is mature, one key mark of that maturity is the ability to let go of the past so it doesn’t affect your future!
Is there something from your past that’s still interfering with you in the present? I pray that you’ll be mature today, and realize that the past cannot have control of you unless you allow it to be so. Don’t be childish any longer; forget those things which are behind! Selah.