20+20+20+10=70, when viewed from this perspective, let us be honest with ourselves and analyze our lives. What have we done or been doing for the first 20 years of our lives? If you're forty, then what have you done with the 20+20 years of your life. If you're sixty then what have you done with 20+20+20 years of your life? For those of us that are approaching 70 years and over after doing an extensive inventory of your life, what can you say your impacting contribution were?
The purpose of this post this morning is simply this, from time to time I scan through the many posting on Facebook and compare the myriad of conversations that I have with folks on a daily bases and I've unfortunately discovered that there are folks that are in theirs 30s, 40s, 50s and older but think and behave as if they're children in terms of their thinking, conversations, actions, still seeking revenge, vendettas and the like.
For example I was in a conversation with someone in their sixties and the hate and bitterness that spewed from them concerning someone else was nauseating to say the least. However, I have had conversations with folks in their late teens and mid twenties who seemed to be so advance in their thinking and behavior, that if I didn't know better I would think these folks were much older in age than they appeared.
What is my point in all of this you may ask? Well, my point is, I have discovered and concluded that it doesn't matter how old a person maybe in numbers or in appearance, the reality is a person's mental growth in terms of maturity is stunned or remains dormant if they REFUSE TO FORGIVE!
My study of this awesome revelation has revealed to me that forgiveness is the key if one truly desires to move on in life or make true progress in terms of mental maturity as it relates to their current age. Suggesting that age should be accompanied with maturity.
This is one of the reasons why you find folks such as grandparents advising their children and grandchildren to seek revenge on those that have done them wrong. This is so because the grandparent had never forgave that person or persons that have done them wrong. So as a result of that they never matured or grew mentally, instead they have become stucked in that era! And is currently passing the baton to the up and coming generations...shm (shake my head).
I want to say to someone this morning, you're feeling of being cheated, your anger, hostility and the likes could very well be as a result of you never moving on or maturing mentally. This has produced the mystery as to what has happened to you, meaning you're a 50 or 60 year old with a 20 year old mentality.
My words of wisdom to you this wonderful morning is simply this, trials, challenges, difficulties, disappointments, setbacks and delays will always be the inevitable. However, more importantly they are invitations issued by life to mature you for the next level of your life. Your refusal to accept these invitations and learn from them makes you irrelevant as it relate to your current age and current times. At the same time the purpose of these invitations are to encourage you to master the art of forgiveness that will always make you relevant to current times. The bottoms line my friend FORGIVENESS UNLOCKS THE FUTURE WHILE UNFORGIVENESS CONCEALS IT!
Written By: Kevin L A Ewing