Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




God is Giving Me


Accepting the responsibilities that God entrusts to people of my age, experience and station in life; preserving and beautifying the world of children and others of lesser age and experience.

Ripe; perfected by time or natural growth; as a man of mature age. We apply it to a young man who has arrived to the age when he is supposed to be competent to manage his own concerns; to a young woman who is fit to be married; and to elderly men who have much experience.

Webster's 1st ed., 1828

[M]an was created as a mature being, not a child. This is a fact of central importance. Humanistic psychology looks backward to a primitive past in order to explain man, whereas Biblical psychology looks neither to the child nor to a primitive past to explain man, but to a mature creation, Adam, and to God's purpose in man's creation. According to Jastrow,
What we may accept is the principle that the child is an authentic embodiment of the earliest, racially oldest, most persistent, truest to nature, depository of natural behavioristic psychology.
If man in his origin is a product of a long evolutionary past, man is then best understood in terms of the animal, the savage, and the child. However, since man was in his origin a mature creation, his psychology is best understood in terms of that fact. Man's sins and shortcomings represent not a lingering primitivism or a reversion to childhood but rather a deliberate revolt against maturity and the requirements of maturity. By ascribing to man, as humanistic psychologies do, a basic substratum of primitivism and racial childishness, this revolt against maturity is given an ideological justification; the studied and developed immaturity of man is encouraged and justified. If man is reminded rather that he was created in Adam into maturity and responsibility, his self-justification is shattered. It has become commonplace for persons seeking counselling to discuss, not their problem, but their childhood, their parents, and their environment in order to "explain" their present "situation," that is, their failure. The fact of a mature creation is one of the basic and most important facts of a Biblical psychology. It is a fact of incalculable importance.

R.J. Rushdoony, "Creationism and Psychology," Revolt Against Maturity, 1977

I am a mature person. I have put away childish things, but am mature enough to be unafraid of exhibiting a child-like faith. Consequently, I admit my relative immaturity and am continually seeking greater maturity. I am being perfected and am reaching the stature of the fullness of Christ. Others around me are benefited and encouraged to see a model of maturity in me.

I am an adult.

I am becoming more and more mature.

My family sees me becoming more and more full-grown.

My parents are proud of my growth.

My maturity is an asset to my community.

I am not afraid to be growing older and more mature in a culture that escapes responsibility and worships youth.

My desire to be perfect pleases God.

I am committed to becoming more and more mature.

I show respect for the aged, and honor maturity.

The passing of time makes me a seasoned man of God.

People around me can depend on me to be a pillar, solid and sound.

The Spirit empowers me to benefit from experience.

I often think about how I can develop a life message from my experiences which will benefit those without my maturity.

I appreciate age.

My spirit reverberates with maturity.

My conscience knows the importance of time-honored values.

I am at home with my elders.

Being a Patriarch is a real passion with me.

As the Spirit moves me from childishness to maturity these words resonate in my being:

  • full-grown
  • adult
  • of age
  • perfect
  • elder
  • patriarch
  • pillar
  • queenly
  • prime
  • maturity

Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
-- Romans 8:30

Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
-- Psalm 119:11

This isn't that New Age "Positive Thinking" stuff, is it??

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