<p>Principles Of Spiritual Maturity
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Self Acceptance - Spiritually mature people have learned how to like themselves and value the
differences between themselves and others. They have an understanding that they were created in
a unique way. They don't wish for what they don't have, and are grateful for the things that they
do have. As a young man I often wondered why I had the parents I had. I often wished that they
were different and even sometimes wished that I had a different set of parents. I often wondered
why I was stuck with two sisters, and didn't have a brother. Sometimes I thought about how I
wished I was taller, had bigger bones, and was smarter. When I was about 30, I came to grips
with the fact that some things in life are unchangeable. When my own children start to complain
about me or their mother I usually say to them, "Sorry we're the only game in town; you can't
trade us in for another set."
Spiritually mature people accept who they are. They realize that they wouldn't be on this earth if
their parents didn't bring them into the world, and they accept their individual features that make
them who they are.
The Balance of Power
Spiritually mature people understand the balance of power. In other words they know who is in
charge and why certain people are in charge. I heard a great talk on leadership once at an
administrator's conference in Washington, DC. The speaker made a statement that really stuck
with me. His statement was, "In order to be a good leader you have to be a good follower first."
Spiritually mature people know how to follow orders and work in any system without moaning
and groaning, and don't making statements like, "Why do we have to do this?" or better yet,
"Why is he/she doing this?" They also don't talk about their bosses behind their back. It is
human nature to wonder why someone is doing something. Spiritually mature people know how
to go to their boss and discuss things face to face.
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