- John 12:30 (NKJV) Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.
One of the great ironies of life is that the more godly and mature we become the more we do or do not do things for the sake of others—instead of for ourselves.
Last night Sonja and I took Trinitee and David Lee to visit the Daniel Stowes botanical gardens. The gardens sported a brand new children’s section and last night was the opening night for their Christmas season. The place was bejeweled with Christmas lights, scenery and music—all designed to delight and entertain bright-eyed little boys and girls. And our grandchildren caught the spirit big time and enjoyed themselves immensely.
However, not one time did they pause to consider Sonja and my feelings. They expressed no concern over whether or not we were enjoying ourselves or if there was anything we’d like to do.
Matter of fact, their conversations with us were about their “needs” and why we wouldn’t buy them everything they wanted, go everywhere they wanted to go, and stay as long as they wanted to stay. (Matter of fact, they both decided that we should just stay there forever!)
Were Sonja and I offended? Of course not. We made the trip for them. Any effort and expense that was exerted was done because we loved them and was done for their enjoyment and benefit.
That is the way of life for adults.
Remember when you were a child? Remember when you couldn’t wait until you grew and were able to do what you wanted to do? (Yeah, I’m chuckling too :)).
But maybe you do indeed need to be reminded of this today, for this principle is not only for our interaction with children; it is also for our dealings with adults.
We adults are all at different maturity levels (spiritually and emotionally) and the more mature adult is always called upon to make accommodations for the benefit of the weaker.
The tough part is that sometimes the less mature adult has rank over you and their selfish and immature decisions really complicate your life.
No matter, you’re the adult in the relationship—you must act like one. A lifetime of taking the high road will eventually get you where you want to be. Don’t take the bait; don’t lower yourself to the level of the less mature. Stay focused on doing what is in the best interest of the weaker and the stronger One that is watching over you will see to it that you’re taken care of.
That, you can count on.
Jude 1:24-25 (NKJV)
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.