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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)

TITLE: You need to grow up!
By Sean Harding


You need to grow up!

My friend, you need to grow up!

These words rang in my ears.
If I could see them I would see a bubble of words like a balloon descending down and crashing into my skull, penetrating my mind, confronting me.

You need to grow up!

The words were spoken with a clear memory, a memory of when I had heard them long before. When I heard my dear friend say:

You need to grow up!

The words then, were surprisingly not delivered with vigor or anger, they were almost dispassionate in their delivery, they were firm and direct and with a volume louder than normal speech, but they were not an angry shot at me, they were a observation from the heart of my friend.

You need to grow up!

What could I make of such a statement, was it true? Was I still locked in my childhood? Was I like a meandering drifting teenager? I was thirty three after all; surely I was still young and not a boring old man.

I wanted to argue against it, I wanted to say that God loves those with a child like heart, God wants us to be that way before him, and God loves us to be led by the spirit. All convenient arguments which I knew my friend would shoot down, appropriately, with a better use of the Bible and a more thorough gospel approach.

You need to grow up!

Perhaps he was right. Perhaps I did need to grow up. Perhaps I did need to cross that bridge in the world of adulthood.

As we sat in silent with me meditating over his last sentence, I felt in my heart a conviction which said these words are true, and I realized that it was not about being married, or having a mortgage or having children or any of those outward signs that say this person is now an adult, it was about being mature in Christ, being stable in a church and serving Christ and my fellow Christ followers, it was about settling down and letting the maturity of Christ reign in my life.

You need to grow up!

The words rang louder and truer, and so finally I looked up into my friendís earnest, loving eyes, and I could see in him, the love of Christ permeating out of him like perfume, an aroma strong and I said these words.

Yes, yes I do, can you help me and pray for me as I begin this journey and cross this bridge.

We prayed and we embraced and I took that first step along the journey of a thousand miles.

Now these forty eight years later, with the words I just uttered still crashing into me, the balloon of my words flooding me as tears welled in my eyes, remembering the past and looking at my young friends face as he burned red with conviction.

My friend I said again,

You need to grow up!

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Jeanne E Webster 08/11/09
I really loved your story! It went with the theme very well and is a unique approach.

"You need to grow up!" Passing along words of wisdom to those who follow, especially spiritually, in Christ.

The young friend receiving the message is certainly blessed. Good writing!
Helen Dowd08/12/09
The repetition of the words, "You need to grow up!" really hammer home the message you are giving. Some people, no matter their age, don't grow ever grow up spiritually. They remain "babes in Christ" expecting MILK, instead of maturing to the stage of being able to digest the MEAT of the Word...I am sure your message will be a blessing and a help to many...Helen