Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Guage Of Maturity

I pass a certain church almost everyday. I use to enjoy seeing what their sign had to offer, usually uplifting and positive. Sometimes issuing a challenge in a gentle encouraging way.

Then THAT church built a new building in another spot and moved. Now a different church and different pastor occupies that spot. And a different quote inspiration picker too.

Some irritate me, some make no sense at all and some could mean quite a few different things.

I feel bad sometimes. So much for loving my neighbor when I hate their messages (ok, just being brutally honest about myself).

On a positive note, there have been a few that have caused me to ponder the message as far as searching the Bible to get the point.

But the new one this week? Well, it has me pondering. But just because I wonder what the gauge is on measuring. So I am asking your feedback, here it is:

A gauge of maturity

That is it. So, does that mean if you are easily offended you are immature?

Or does it mean you know how tightly and deeply drawn your lines of right and wrong are and you stand by them?

Or does it mean if you offend others often you are immature?

Or does it mean you do not mind offending others because you are mature in your beliefs??

Or should I organize a culvert operation and go scramble the letters after dark???

So, what do you think?


Gayle at Planet M Files said...

I'm lost on that one! Scramble the letters after dark! heehee

Anonymous said...

wow.. that one is a doozie! i agree.. scramble the letters! ha!
seriously though.. i'm confused!

Merrie said...

LOL.... I vote for scrambling the letters! Let's see how mature THEY are and if they get offended... LOL

Jane's In The Jungle said...

OK I'm thinking it means being on the offense and not the defense, to take charge and go for it in the spiritual sense, not to sit back and be defensive of the changes that come when you are mature enough to know that the calling is to share...and having to maturity to do it the right way.

Finding Pam said...

I think Jane has it all right. I interpet it to mean being proactive also offense in relation to defense.

In other words if you are proactive then you are ready for anything that life throws you. You are prepared and that show maturity.

Or maybe it is like the you said "So much for loving my neighbor when I hate their messages". When you are on the offense, then you will not judge your neighbors because you are mature in Christ.

I hope you are getting some of this warm weather.

Ballerina Girl said...

ok, like the scrambling letters idea...but here is my take:
maybe that we all need to grow up and become more mature so as not to make the the offenses...
not that anyone can be perfect, but it may be a sign of maturity to try our hardest not to make the offense...

or maybe even that the levels of our offenses are a gauge of our maturity...meaning, the worse the offense the less mature in our spirituality we are?

Anyways, just guessing...go ahead and scramble :)

Maggie May said...

I think it is specially designed to cause people to wonder so much that they will drop in and ask!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

lailani said...

lol! The chicken in me did not scramble the letters, even though I was tempted - even after some very insightful comments. I think Jane, Pam and BG were on target!

Y'all have a great day!

Debbie said...

I just read this to my daughter. We both agree that it's a good conversation starter.

Who is the more immature, the habitual offender or the habitually offended?

I guess probably both.

Makes me kind of want to go to that church and just flat out ask what the quote putter-upper has to say about it.

Of course, there's a good chance he would offend with his answer. I'm immature like that... LO

Star Forbis said...

Strange. I would guess it's trying to say if you are easily offended, maybe you are immature. Who knows. :)