I Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Did you know that the average age of a service member in the military is between the age of 19 and 20? Despite the fact that almost all service men and women display a great amount of maturity in simply choosing to serve America, the simple fact that we are often so young when we join sometimes hampers this growth into mature adults. The simple fact is that sailing around in a billion dollar ship or driving a multi-million dollar tank requires a mature mind.
Many people join the military because they simply aren’t ready to face the world yet. This isn’t something to be ashamed of. Still, if we are to pray for the military, then one of the key things to pray for is maturity in thought and action. This is doubly true for those serving God and our country. God displayed through Paul’s example what it meant to mature as a person and believer. The same is possible in our military today. We can be a shining example of maturity that can point others to Christ. Pray for maturity today.
Thank you for making it clear to us that maturity is something all Christians should strive for. I now pray for the military Christian, that he would mature into a good example of what you want people to become so that he can serve you and his superiors with smarts, vigor, and with the desire to point them to you. I pray this in your name—Amen.