Maturity is not a thing of number. Bad English. Maturity is not a function of age, size, education or social status. Rather, it is a product of one’s mind and it is shown by the quality of actions and decisions that a person makes.
Here are a few indicators of whether an #exceller is becoming mature as (s)he also grows in age and status. Trust me, these are real character goals.
1. RECOGNIZING YOUR BOSSES AND BEING LOYAL TO THEM
Ironical, but on point. The more mature you are, the more you acknowledge that you must answer to some people. A mature person respects authority. There is safety in multitude of counsels and a wise man rejoices at correction and discipline. You may not necessarily do all that the bosses say but never leave them in doubt that you honour them. Jesus honoured God (Philippians 2:5) and the government (Matthew 22:21). But guess what? Respect is reciprocal.
2. NOT A SLAVE TO OTHERS’ OPINION OF YOU
A mature person owns his or her life and depends on God’s help to make sound decisions as (s)he moves forward in life. They are also ready to live by the consequences of their actions. So, although they listen to counsels, they know where lines should be drawn and they take responsibility. Men had bad opinions about Jesus too (Matthew 9:34). Although an opinion of you may be sour initially, truth always prevails in the end. Every exceller thrives in this hope.
3. BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR OTHER PEOPLE TOO
Mature people are NOT self centered. Any night I check through my activities for the day and see no thing that I did for another person (something that I will not benefit from directly), I say to myself, “Girl, that was real immature”. One mark of maturity is thinking about others’ welfare and sometimes sacrificing to help it. Man by nature is self centered. You must deliberately include others, like Jesus did (Mark 6:37). An excellent person knows that real joy is shared joy.
May God help us to achieve these goals and many more. Does any other maturity indicator come to your mind? Please tell us about it. In the meantime, keep maturing, keep excelling. We love you mucho, dear reader-friend.