Last week, Aaron likened the Roman Catholic practice of offering indulgences to similar practices in Evangelical circles such as exhorting people to read the Bible more or carve out additional devotional time etc. He went on to talk about how they are simply different approaches to dealing with the “lingering effects of sin”. Aaron also observed that indulgences are for believers, not for those “outside the fold”.
This reminded me of something that has been on my mind lately. We hear a lot of talk in churches about “spiritual maturity”. But to be honest, I’m not exactly sure what that term means. The best I can tell is that it has a lot to do with morality and self control and discipline and that sort of thing.
Well, the other day while reading in my Educational Psychology textbook about metamemory (a type of metacognition that focuses on memory and memory processes) I came across this:
Preschool children have an inflated opinion of their memory abilities. For example, in one study, a majority of preschool children predicted that they would be able to recall all ten items in a list of ten items. When tested, none of the young children managed this feat. As they move through the elementary school years, children give more realistic evaluations of their memory skills.
As the children grew older, or matured, they became more aware of their limitations, or what they were truly capable of accomplishing. It occurred to me that the same is true on a spiritual level. That is, perhaps spiritual maturity begins with the realization that we aren’t as “in control” as we once thought we were.