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Benchmarks Adulthood encompasses diverse milestones and exciting experiences over the span of a few decades. Adults will be exposed to decisions and situations that shape who they are, how they behave, how they relate to God, how they learn, and how they interact with peers. It's a fun, exhilarating season of life. Spiritual Adults will often be more self- disciplined about growing their faith through personal devotions, a healthy prayer life, small group study, and weekly church attendance. These practices help adults to build a deeply personal relationship with Christ. Support adults by pointing them to Bible classes, introducing them to peers at church, or meeting with them for prayer. Social Adults value healthy relationships and friendships; they are also the foundation of the life of a church. During challenging seasons or times of change, adults benefit from having a Christian support system to lean on. Parents find solace in other parents; newlyweds find wisdom from older married couples. Encourage adults to enhance their social lives by inviting them to adult Bible class; or ask them to join a tech team or teach Sunday School. Emotional Unlike children or teens, adults are bestowed with emotional maturity. God provides adults with discernment, allowing them to make decisions out of love and good judgment. Adults recognize when a child is acting out or when a teen could use a supportive role model instead of criticism. But adults also experience joy, satisfaction, contentment, loneliness, emotional fatigue, and uncertainty themselves. Adults can increase their emotional IQ by taking leadership roles at church. Intellectual Research shows that adults learn best by first understanding why they need to learn something, as well as when internal motivations such as desire for success push them to increase their knowledge about a subject. Encourage adults intellectually by providing resources to stimulate learning, such as challenging Bible studies or deep theological discussions on podcasts or radio broadcasts. Physical Adults recognize that their bodies endure internal and external changes with age. However, it's important to remind adults of God's promises to be with them, love them, protect them, and encourage them. Adults can thank God for all the blessings that He provides, even as they age. Adults • 2 • cph.org • Copyright © 2019 Concordia Publishing House

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