Today America's new President Barack Obama said this:
"We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."
Many of you know that I suffer from a Peter Pan complex. I really just don't want to grow up. I still laugh at bathroom humor. I work best when I have a nap and some outdoor recess. I think that Halloween, Christmas, and Easter are still a good bit all about me.
The truth is that I still feel young. The actual age I feel varies from between nine to 21 years old. Sometimes I actually feel like I'm in my thirties but I never really feel like I'm actually closer to forty.
In a country that honors and values youthfulness, Obama has said a controversial thing here. Basically we aren't as old as other countries but at some point we have to grow up. And growing up means taking action.
Peter Pan said that "Growing up is awfuler than all the awful things that ever were." Of course he was talking about being serious and wearing a tie.
I agree with both of them. Being serious at the wrong time is horrible. And complaining about wanting change and yet taking no action to help get there is just as horrible.
I'm very excited about the possibilities for our country and for myself in 2009. I'll still view life with the eyes of a child but I'll also try to put my dreams into action as we should do as we grow up.
As Paul also says in the same scripture - now we see in a mirror dimly. I think that is the best part of growing up - whether in your faith, career, or life experience. Growing up is about seeing things more clearly.
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