I’ve been seeing this “20something” saying on a lot of social media sites lately, and every time I do I get this gross feeling in my stomach. Why? Because this has become the philosophy of our generation…
Now, I do believe this saying has some truth in it. For instance, yes, we have the freedom to be selfish with our time, traveling and exploring the world (especially if you’re single). And yes, this is the time to have fun meeting new people and getting to know potential suitors. We also have the freedom to make decisions without parental authority. But even with all of this encouraged freedom, we must remember that the proverbial “oven” is still hot...
Let me explain. Remember when you were a kid playing in the kitchen while your mom was baking cookies in the oven? When you reached out to touch that oven, she stopped you saying “Don’t touch that! It's hot. You’ll burn yourself.” Being “20something” doesn’t change the fact that the oven is still hot. If you touch it, it will burn you.
“20somethings” are considered to be adults. As adults, we should not allow the immoral culture influence our character. This world has so many temptations that are just waiting to chew us up and spit us out. It is our morals and values that dictate our decisions and define our character as human beings. There is right and wrong behavior and all behavior and choices have consequences– both good and bad.
Being “20something” should never be an excuse for reckless behavior and selfish choices. The fact is, selfishness is part of our human nature! But the more we feed our selfishness and the more we seek instant gratification without considering the short or long term consequences, the more our character becomes eroded.
Character is defined by three things: (1)personal responsibility, (2)self control, (3)and the morals and values that govern our choices.
We must understand that no matter what age we are, our character becomes weakened by both recklessness and selfishness.
Instead of basking in our freedom, I believe that every “20something” needs to have a clear understanding of what it means to be a mature adult. We need guidance in how to become one. We need encouragement to act like one. We DON’T need to hear “Touch the oven! Who cares if you get burned?! You’re 20something!!!”
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather enjoy my cookies without a burnt hand.
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified…" 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I put the ways of childhood behind me." 1 Corinthians 13:11