Is there an adult in the house? I certainly hope so.
Terms used to differentiate between stages of life have been turned upside down to the point where some of them have become stylized to be something dreaded. The line between teen and young adult has been made so thin that 14 year olds think they deserve to be treated as if they are out of high school. When parents give them the opportunity, some teens fall flat while others are able to embrace it for a little while then realize that they are not truly ready. It is good when they realize that there is a lot left to learn.
The term “Adulting” means taking on the responsibilities of being a person above the age of 18 who are responsible for taking care of themselves and others. In other words, having responsibilities that make them into a functional member of society. But who is responsible for teaching them how to become the responsible adult? The answer is found in Scripture:
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Yes, the parents are the responsible party for training (or bringing) up their children. But since society is so hung up on social status and daily living costs have skyrocketed, parents are not always there to teach the child right. To this matter, the child learns about life from outside influences. Some of these influences are good while others have corrupted even the most basic family values.
Young children are sponges and are very observant. They imitate what they see and hear. Without God at the center they soak up things that will corrupt positive ways of thinking. This is why we have so many issues today.
On a different perspective, children who have religion excessively pushed on them may want nothing to do with it later in life. This allows the devil to entertain the belief that what is evil is good and what is good is evil. They lose the desire to be responsible adults.
So “Adulting” has become the term used when someone just does not feel like doing the normal activities that come with being an adult and also not desiring to being responsible for their actions placing the blame on others.
What if God did not want to “Adult”? We would be under the total influence of Satan and total anarchy, violence, immorality, death, destruction, and disease would rule over us. God gave us His Word to keep evil in check so that we could live understanding the difference between a right way of living and influences that destroy our souls.
Then He gave us His Son as a sacrifice to completely cover our sins once and for all. This does not mean we are good and can continue in living in our sinfulness. We must learn to “Adult” in the way God desires of us so that we can be with Him in eternity. How do we learn this? We go back to Proverbs 22:6 and understand that God teaches us in the way we should go so that we can live a right life under the influence of His Grace, Mercy, and Love.
Brothers and Sisters, be that light, that influence to the youth that helps them desire to do the right thing and become responsible, mature adults.
Rob, Servant of God