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Yesterday, not for the first time, I saw a picture of someone online and realized he was considerably older than I had thought. I then recalled another occasion when someone, meeting me in person for the first time, made that same observation of me.

There might be a lesson in that, I think.

imageIt’s one thing to look younger than you are—those poor souls can’t help it, so we mustn’t judge—but the reason I have assumed some to be younger than they were is that their online behavior displayed less maturity than I would expect of older men (sorry to say, I can only think of one that wasn’t a man). I don’t know why I was assumed to be younger than I am—I didn’t ask—but I know there are times when I haven’t been at my grown-up best.

There is a place for humor and good-natured frivolity. Certainly, there are many who could stand to lighten up, develop a sense of humor, and have a little fun. I hope never to lose my humor, but neither do I want to be a clown.

Juvenile humor is just one manifestation of immaturity. An apparent desire to be “cool” is another. (Are we back in high school?) I’m sure you can name others, if you think about it.

As a general principle, serious is good. Dignified, mature behavior is always in season.

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.

—1 Corinthians 13:11

Posted 2017·06·29 by David Kjos
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