Every birthday, it feels like there should be some sort of fanfare and that someone should hand you the golden keys of maturity. (We know, we feel that too.) Unlucky. It's not going to happen. 'Reaching maturity' is a very (very, very) long and complex process. There's rarely a moment, other than on TV, that anyone ever gets a 'You're a man now!' experience (ok, pipe down, Bear Grylls). The journey towards feeling all wise and grown-up can leave you in a confusing no-man's land, between the safe, clear world of childhood and the responsibility and authority of 'grown-up' life. People tell you to 'grow up already' while others are saying, 'you can't do that, you're too young'.
It can be perplexing and majorly stressful. But there's a solution. 'Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish...' (Psalm 92:13 NKJ). That means that stressing won't help you grow: putting down roots in God will. If you chase God, and trust Him to take care of stuff, He'll give you direction and peace about your place in life. If you live for Him and have a little patience, He'll help you grow into that maturity. Sweet deal.
So what now? When you're out and about today, pick up a pack of any kind of seeds (pretty flowers, red hot chillies... whatever floats your boat). Plant them. Water them. If they're in some rich soil, they'll grow nicely in time. Optional extra: Sit and watch them until they're fully grown... No? Yet you expect yourself to watch yourself completely mature in the time it takes to get dressed...
Soulfood : 2 Sam 22:31-24:25, Lk 7:36-50, Ps 140, Prov 18:21-22