Saturday, January 2, 2010

Becoming 18

By Alex Sellers

Note by Mom- this year we had another wonderful child turn 18. Like Paul- we posed the grand question- What does it mean to you to turn 18? 

This was Alex’s speech he read to everyone.


“ Becoming 18 really is no big deal when you think about it, but in another sense it is. The world sees turning 18, as a time to breakout, but loose from the bonds of parents and authority and become your own person. I see turning 18 as the beginning of a trial period of REAL submission.(to authority-added by mom) During this time bewteen the age of 18 and marriage the world is going to press in on me saying things like

“ So what do you think you should be doing?”   or

“ So what are your plans?”

With questions such as these it would be my responsibility with God’s help, to say

“ I don’t know because God hasn’t revealed anything to my parents  yet”

In Exodus 20:12 the bible says “ Honor your father and mother….”

until you are 18 then say I’m a man now and be on your way. No, it says “ Honor your father and your mother.”

Leviticus 19:32  says “ Thou shalt rise the hoary (grey) head and honor the face of the old man.” 

Proverbs 16:31

“ The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.”  Meaning no matter how old you are, you’re still required to honor your grey haired parents!

Even Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane prays this prayer in Math 26:39

“ On my Father…. not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”

Therefore(in light of what has just been said) know that even Jesus surrendered HIS will to His Father, that makes turning 18 to me no more than a stepping stone to total submission to my parents and to God. “