I’m ashamed to say that I am, in fact, an adult. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but I have all the symptoms of Adultitis. My only saving grace is that I have gotten the disease officially diagnosed and I am on the road to recovery. You may be wondering, ‘What are the symptoms? I may have it too!’ Well, the symptoms look differently from one person to the next, but I can share with you some of mine and also ones I’ve observed in those around me. I really started to realize I had something wrong when my ‘to do’ list became my Bible. I would treat it like the Holy Grail. I would find my heart beating too fast at different parts of my day – stress, I guess. This stress would almost certainly lead to a shortened patience with people and sometimes unnecessary sarcasm. The other thing that was notable was when I would lay down in bed to go to sleep I would fall asleep in about 30 seconds. I was not able to even rehash my day or vision about the day ahead. Complete exhaustion. Some other people I know experience boredom at work, overwhelming feelings about their responsibilities, fear of change, chronic dullness, and mild depression, just to name a few. Jason’s book talks about some of the other very common symptoms and most importantly he shares the secrets of how to cure Adultitis. Adultitis does come in different shapes and sizes.
Jeff Ruby, a senior pastor at Esperanza Lutheran Church in Arizona, wrote an excellent article about some lessons he learned from children in his recent Vacation Bible School. He shared,
‘I saw a number of things there that children do in terms of their faith that we tend to botch all up as adult. First off, not everything in life is a competition. The problem is as adults we make everything into life and death, win and lose. Secondly, I saw people accepting people. As adults, we make so many judgments about race, age, competence and mental agility… let’s just work together! If we acted more like kids, our communities, schools and workplaces would be fun and healthy.’
Jeff brought up some additional points that really support our entire mission of Kim & Jason. In Luke 18, when Jesus told the little children to come to Him, He wasn’t just looking for a break from his Adultitis stricken friends and colleagues (although who would blame him?). He was trying to illustrate the point that this childlike faith, which we all started out having, is what we need to get back to. Jesus was even so bold as to say, ‘Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ Yikes. That is extreme! So, you’re asking me to look through a different lens? One that is filled with the faith, hope, and love of a child? It’s a daunting task, but I realized a few years ago, that if I don’t at least actively try to beat this Adultitis, I will never get there. After all, it is curable.