Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Maturity

A young mind shaped and honed,
from eating milk then solid food,
from crawling
to walking
to running;
eyes trained on rich life and beauty,
and then death,
shame,
fear,
and their causes;
ears which have heard men speak truth
sing songs and tell tales,
but also lie
and evade;
this mind will balance on the scales
the lightness and the weight of men,
and make slow judgments swiftly accomplished;
this mind (this man) will know
the beautiful from ugly
the true from false
the wise from fools
and love from lust.

Our culture demands sexual maturity without emotional maturity.  It offers instead the promise of promiscuity for the bold-minded, or the quiet shanty of pornography for those not up to the chase.  Is this all there is?  Is there not richness in man as image of God?  May we not be an intricate emotional mandala?  Shall "What a piece of work is a man!" be exchanged for lewd tweets?

    So teach us to number our days
        that we may get a heart of wisdom.
...
    The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
        and whatever you get, get insight.
...
    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
        fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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