I am a Christian, I am 16 years and I have a question. More people tell me that I am not mature in thinking for my age. What can I do to mature, to think more mature?
The change has already started by the fact that you admit your situation and you see the need to grow up in thinking.I assume that there are certain things that you do different from how people expect to be made at your age.If you can say specific situations, I can give you specific advice.But until then I want to suggest you the following.
Study the Holy Scriptures systematically
At the beginning of the book of Proverbs, wise Solomon wrote:
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: to know wisdom and instruction, to discern the sayings of understanding, to receive instruction in wise behavior, righteousness, justice and equity; to give prudence to the naive, to the youth knowledge and discretion, a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs of Solomon 1:1-7)(NASB)
Start studying systematically the Holy Scriptures doing your utmost to apply in your life everything you learn. This will mature you a lot in thinking.
Seek to understand the reasons of the adults
Why do they say you are not yet mature, that you do not think sufficiently mature? When someone tells you this, do not rush to get angry, or to exculpate yourself, or to lose your heart and despair, but try to understand what makes people think about you so.It might be that some of those who tell you so are not right.
One day, our daughter, while she was still in high school, told us that her colleagues said the same about her, that she was still a child and that was because she did not participate in discussions about boys, about dates, about “love”, as they were saying.Our girl then replied: “It is true that I am a child and I want to be happy in my childhood. But you talk about things that are not suited to your age.” We appreciated her answer very high, because through it she showed she had a really mature thinking.
Learn to have the mind of Christ
When you know how to sacrifice for others, when you serve others and look for the good of others, you prove that you have the most mature way of thinking, as God teaches us in the Scriptures:
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:3-11)(NASB)
To think as Christ, you must learn from Him. Study and apply the truth from the Holy Scriptures.
Translated by Felicia Djugostran