Do You Possess These Signs Of Maturity?
Acts 15:37-39 - Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. 38 But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. NASU
2 Tim. 4:11 - "…Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service."
It is Saul and Barnabas who are going to get into such a heated argument that they will separate from one another. Their friendship is going to be severed. Why?
Barnabas didn't give up on people. He gave them second chances. Are you known for giving people second chances?
Or are you like I use to be and that was one and done. I remember meeting with a man on my team telling him he needed to fire a guy. I have never forgotten his answer. He said, "Gary, let me work with him. Let me "Fire Him Up" rather than fire him."
He did work with him and he did "Fire Him Up" and I learned a valuable lesson. He was more interested in people and I was more interested in the finished project. I can't even remember the project today but I remember that person.
All I'm saying is invest your time in people and you will not go wrong. Even if you don't turn all of them around at least you know you tried.
Paul's views about Mark have changed and he is admitting he was wrong about him. He says, "…Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service."
Being able to admit when you are wrong is a sure sign of maturity. So who comes to your mind right now as you read this that you need to contact them and "admit that you were wrong."
If the apostle Paul made mistakes then I am sure you will agree with me that we all can make mistakes. Now if can you admit that you were wrong like Paul then follow his example and do what it takes to make peace.
I believe that a true sign of maturity is admitting when you are wrong.
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Carve your name on hearts - not on marble.
A single rose for the living is better than a costly wreath at the grave.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God’s Word
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