Having to be right all the time is a sign of immaturity. Respecting someone else’s opinion is a sign of maturity.
18:17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
As we look at the Concrete Operational Stage of Development (ages 7-11), we find that Jean Piaget was pretty accurate in his conclusions.
While children are still very concrete and literal in their thinking at this point in development, they become much more adept at using logic. The egocentrism of the previous stage begins to disappear as kids become better at thinking about how other people might view a situation.
While thinking becomes much more logical during the concrete operational state, it can also be very rigid. Kids at this point in development tend to struggle with abstract and hypothetical concepts.
During this stage, children also become less egocentric and begin to think about how other people might think and feel. Kids in the concrete operational stage also begin to understand that their thoughts are unique to them and that not everyone else necessarily shares their thoughts, feelings, and opinions.
This maturity is also seen on a spiritual level. Respecting someone else’s opinion, even when we don’t agree, is something that takes maturity. Sometimes, we color our lines a little too darkly on matters that are not as clear as we would like for them to be. Maturity says, “Let’s hold loosely to anything other than what we know beyond a shadow of a doubt.” What do we know beyond a shadow of a doubt?
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:14-15
Everything else is subject to perspective. I love what the apostle Paul wrote concerning God’s wondrous plan:
33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Abba, I praise You for so great a salvation, one that is far above my understanding. At the same time, it’s so simple: You love me, You rescued me, and now You live in me. May I have plenty of opportunities to share my story. Amen.