In his latest article, Carl Trueman offers some prophetic wisdom to the adolescence-besotted cesspool in which we live;
If the poverty and hard work of my grandfather's era left men middle-aged at thirty, the ease and trivia of today's society seems to leave us trapped in a permanent Neverland where we all, like so many Peter (and Patty) Pans, live lives of eternal youth. Where my grandfather spent his day hard at work, trying - sometimes desperately - to make enough money to put bread on the table and shoes on his children's feet, today many have time to play X-Box and video games, or warble on and on incessantly in that narcissistic echo-chamber that is the blogosphere. The world of my grandfather was evil because it made him grow up too fast; the world of today is evil because it prevents many from ever growing up at all.
In my own life, I see the adverse effects of this mindset all too often. Shirking responsibility is a real temptation. Therefore, I've come up with a few propositions to bolster my resolve and resist getting squeezed into the world's mold.
(1) Get a trade/profession that you can fall back on/go back to. I want to plant churches. However, I need to make money in the mean time.
(2) Kids aren't bad. They're expensive, exhausting, and a whole bunch of other things, but the Bible says they're a blessing from God (Ps 127). Plus, the kingdom expands through godly homes. So have children, raise them in the fear of the Lord, and get blessed.
(3) Pay taxes; Pay off debt. It's tough to oversee the church/family if you can't oversee your own bank account.
(4) Figure out how the stuff you own works. House, car, etc. This just makes sense, and it saves a ton of money.
(5) Give money to the church. Your heart is never too far from your pocketbook.
(6) Practice hospitality.You're all grown up, so start serving other people by inviting them into your home.