Whenever Ahab visits, he likes to remind us that “I never sleep more soundly than when someone else is paying the bills.”
And surely, nothing inspires maturity like your own bills to pay. Or diapers to change.
I’m sure we could all swap stories about some momentous occasion when we finally got it – that moment when we knew there was no going back from adulthood.
I wonder how many of us would mention owning our first car, paying our very own rent for the first time, or being the only one to decide whether to head to the doctor for that rash, or not?
But, some brave souls walking among us, were inducted into the halls of adulthood far too early.
The threshold of adulthood is no respecter of age. And, age, sometimes, has nothing to do with maturity; especially when you are forced to see life through the lens of adulthood earlier than you should.
Taking care of your younger siblings, because your parent is passed out drunk on the couch? Adulthood.
Getting a job to help your single parent make ends meet each month? Adulthood.
Pleading with a guardian to take their medications because without it, their minds go dark? Adulthood.
Childhood is precious to me. Mostly, because it was a time I cherished, growing up.
Grace now sifts the reasoning behind the decisions made by the adults during my childhood. Some decisions were born of necessity. But almost always, my best interest was taken into account.
Having heard plenty of stories where this was not the case, I understand that this is not a truth that everyone can claim.
For those of you that can’t claim a carefree childhood, my heart… it hurts for yours.
And, I long for you to know that the God who loved you then, and saw, loves you especially now.
Because, if you’re here, reading this, then I think you still want to believe in good.
To believe in a God who cares.
For whatever reason this God I speak of gave me a heart that hurts for you, He did. And it does.
So, to those of you for whom adulthood came all too soon, I hope you’ll continue to want Good to win out. I hope you keep fighting The Fight.
Because, you are not alone. Not in this world and not after it.