Sunday, August 14, 2011

Great Independence, Great Responsibility

It is said that with great power comes great responsibility, but this is also true when it come to independence. The time has come, the time that comes for all individuals at some point in their lives, I am about to set off into the wide, wide world. Alone. (Well, not completely alone as the Holy Spirit will be with me, but that's a subject for another day.)

We begin our lives under the watchful care of our parents or other guardians, and they help us to grow, gradually giving us more and more responsibility. Yet eventually the day comes when they have to push us out of the nest, and send us off to see if we can make it as adults. When that happens our level of responsibility multiplies exponentially. Suddenly, we are the ones who have to worry about where our next meal will come from, getting our laundry done, and making important decisions. With great independence comes great responsibility.

A shocking trend has unfortunately become common among todays young adults. Responsibility is scary, yes, but it is also a necessary part of growing up. Many students are graduating from college and returning home to live with their parents, because the responsibility of independence was too much for them. This new category of the western population are called "kidults." Men and women in their late 20's and early 30's who just don't want to grow up. They relish the independence of adulthood, but can't stomach the responsibility that comes with leaving childhood.

I am about to become independent; I will soon be considered an adult, not a teenager. That fact is slightly frightening, to be honest. Nevertheless, I am excited, and by the grace of God I am prepared to take on the challenge. May He strengthen me by His grace to serve Him with enthusiasm and humility. A kidult? Never! An adult? Lord-willing a successful, God-honouring one. A Child of God? Always!

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