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
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
- 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
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:
- of age
Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He
called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He
-- Romans 8:30
Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin
-- Psalm 119:11
This isn't that New Age
"Positive Thinking" stuff, is it??