Sometimes, the best Food For Thought comes from a known but unknown source. The Mother’s Day sermon this year was given by Reverend Will Bowen. Reverend Bowen in July of 2006 handed out 250 purple bracelets inviting people to use them as a tool to eradicate complaining from their lives. He was not the first to come up with the idea, but the first to use the purple bracelet to help work their way to a complaint-free life. That is every day you complain while wearing the bracelet you change it to the other wrist. The goal is to go 21 days without complaining. After 4 plus years I am still working on reaching 21 days.
The title of his sermon was to be “If it’s not one thing, it’s my Mother.” However, life and one greater than us all, has a way of changing things. Unfortunately Reverend Bowen’s mother died just before he was to give the sermon on Mother’s Day. This event changed his presentation. Because he was an ordained minister, his brothers decided to give him his mother’s bible. In looking through it, he found news clipping along with other pieces of written material that his mother kept. Eventually it was decided his brother would keep the clippings, other than what he had written to his mother. The day he got the bible he found a clipping that he knew was not there the day before. He is certain because his brother shook the bible every which was they could to get all of the clippings out of it. He was sure there was nothing there because he went through the bible the night before with a “fine tooth comb.” Then, all of a sudden a clipping appeared that was entitled “Maturity”. This became the basis of his sermon. I would like to share that clipping with you. Maturity is…..
“Maturity is the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence or destruction. Maturity is patience, the willingness to pass up immediate pleasure in favor of long-term gain.
Maturity is perseverance, the ability to sweat out a project, or a situation in spite of opposition and discouraging setbacks.
Maturity is unselfishness – responding to the needs of others, often at the expense of one’s own desires of wishes.
Maturity is the capacity to face unpleasantness and frustration, discomfort and defeat, without complaint or collapse.
Maturity is humility. It is being big enough to say, “I am wrong.” And , when right, the mature person need not say, “I told you so.”
Maturity is the ability to make a decision and stand by it. The immature spend their lives exploring endless possibilities, then do nothing.
Maturity means dependability, keeping one’s word, coming through in a crisis. The immature are masters of the alibi – confused and disorganized. Their lives are broken promises former friends, unfinished business and good intentions which never materialize.
Maturity is the art of living in peace with that which we cannot change.”
Nothing more needs to be said, except try the purple bracelet and see how long you can go without complaining.