HAGELIN: What happened to Miley Cyrus?

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Maturity doesn’t mean the ability to do “adult” things; it’s a reflection of becoming an adult “on the inside.” Maturity requires the long-term view and prioritizes according to life’s enduring realities. It depends on character traits that form the authentic foundation for adulthood: responsibility, respect, kindness, deliberation, prudence, honor and self-discipline.

What Miley doesn’t realize is that “growing up” is not a function of age or exposure to adult things. Maturity is something acquired along the way, as we build character and orient our lives toward the things that last. That’s why it’s equally important that our children understand what real success looks like.

Success is not money, power, status — or having millions of fans. Success means living a good life, in light of eternal realities, and being the “best” at what God calls us to be as we strive to love God and people above all else.

Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at rebecca@howtosaveyourfamily.com.

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