We are constantly growing, expanding in our learning and understanding. From moment to moment each experience we have changes us in small, subtle ways. As we progress through life we pray that we have the wisdom to learn from each of these experiences and to grow in maturity.
The following poem is credited to Earnest Campbell a former pastor of Riverside Church in New York City. It was shared during worship on June 7, 2015. May it be your prayer today.
To be young is to study in schools we did not build.
To be mature is to build schools in which we will not study.
To be young is to swim in pools we did not dig.
To be matures is to dig pools in which we will not swim.
To be young is to sit under trees, which we did not plant.
To be mature is to plant trees under which we will not sit.
To be young is to dance to music we did not write.
To be mature is to write music to which we will not dance.
To be young is to worship in churches we did not build.
To be mature is to build churches in which we may not worship.