The Science of Adulting: a formula for growing up

August 12, 2015

 Adulting verb (gerund)

doing something grown up and responsible



I’ve used this word a lot over the past couple of months to describe my actions. This “growing up” and being an adult thing has been a lot different than I’ve always imagined it would be. The anticipation is built up by people around us, by our parents, by culture, by our own imaginations/dreams/goals. There is this anticipation for a big moment when we “become an adult”.

Think about the questions people ask:


  • What’s your major?

  • What are you going to do with that?

  • What’s next for you?


I don’t really think the, “what’s next?” question ever stops being asked. I love what a Relevant Magazine article has to say about this idea of adulting:



“Becoming an adult is not a one-time thing. You grow into growing up, each season bringing with it things you’re going to have to secretly Google to figure out how to do.”




I don’t know about you but that is so my life right now! So as well intentioned as those ‘what’s next’ questions are, I think there is a more pressing question by which we should gauge our lives.



What is God calling you to?



We understand the idea of having a vocational call to ministry. We should also understand that even if we aren’t called into vocational ministry, we still have a call to be Jesus to those we interact with on a daily basis. I think many times I can get so wrapped up in how to be this “adult,” that I forget this bigger idea. I place myself in a box. God has called us all into a unique and incredibly personal relationship with Him. He calls us to give up our lives, our plans, our hopes, our dreams, desires, ambitions, and follow Him. And HE has the perfect plan for our lives. Our lives are to be lived, not in complacency and comfort, but in full belief of God’s faithfulness in our lives.


If we are daily on our knees seeking out exactly what and who God wants us to become, this idea of adulting won’t be one that becomes overwhelming or incomprehensible. We will simply be seeking out God’s will for our lives, he will be faithful to ALWAYS provide for us, and somewhere in the midst of all that: adult life happens.



So what is next for you? Seek out God, ask him what he’s got in store for you. Follow that call wholeheartedly and Ephesians 3:20 promises us that God, when we give him the opportunity to use us, will do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”


God is always faithful to us, so what happens when we decide to be faithful to Him with what we know he is calling us to?


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