The Bus Stop is a series of true stories about my life, people I've worked with and events I've experienced. Of course the names have been changed. I hope these stories will brighten your day with a few laughs as well as give you encouragement. Hopefully you can avoid making some of the mistakes I've made and if you have already made them, then you can identify with me.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Time to Grow Up

When I think back to the vacations that we as a family went on when the children were young I wonder how Karen and I survived. As much fun as we had and the experiences I also remember, the fights in the back seat, are we there yet, noise, and I need to go to potty. I’m sure you had your own special situations. Not only did you experience these situations on vacations, but also in other places.

Even though we enjoy our children so much when they are infants and we may even made the remark, “I wished they would stay this way forever.” We know this isn’t a true statement. After many sleepless nights of feeding and changing diapers we are ready to move on.

By the time they are teenagers we are looking for the light at the end of the tunnel awaiting graduation and having peace and control over our house again. When we realize this is not the light we hoped for, then death starts becoming attractive.

Now imagine that your children never grew up and never matured. It really doesn’t matter what age. It could be 0 – 18 and this is not a place any of us wished they would stay. If you do wish for this then you need to take a look at yourself. If our children never matured you would probably see more suicides and murders.

I have come across many adults that are stuck in their childhood and never matured. They are extremely dangerous to themselves and others. Like a 4 year old with a loaded pistol. They are everywhere, in our churches, our jobs and in our government. They get married, appointed to high positions, managers of business and leaders in our churches.

These people moan, groan and complain and are full of themselves. They are also very gullible and can be drawn to disaster. There are predators out there that prey on these people, by taking advantage of them by conning them out of their money, drawing them into cults and leading them easily from the path of truth.

If we refuse to grow up and open our eyes to God’s truth, then we can very likely be the next victims. We may not have a choice about birth, but we are responsible to grow up. “No prolonged infancies among us, please. We'll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.” Ephesians 4:14-16

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