Last week (March 8th to be exact) I turned 27! Since then, I’ve had time to reflect on my life and all that the Lord has done for me over these years. So I compiled a list (in no particular order) of the top 10 things I’ve learned over my 27 years:
- The best thing I could (or you could ever do) is to truly follow Christ – not halfway, not kind of sort of follow Him – but really follow Him. Doing our best to live a life worthy of the Gospel.
- Learn to forgive. Forgive those who have hurt you (whether intentionally or unintentionally). Forgive yourself for the choices you may have made that hurt someone else or even yourself. Remembering that Christ forgave us for all of our sins.
- Love your family. It’s the family God gave you. I’m fortunate to have come from a great family, so it’s not that hard to love them. But I understand that many people have family dynamics filled with hurtful pasts and love is not so easy. In that case, seek the Lord for guidance in dealing and loving your family.
- Travel often. Travel with family, travel with friends, travel alone. Save up and go! It helps us get away from the every day stresses of life. Gives us a chance to breathe and see life through a new lens. Traveling alone, especially, provides the opportunity to really indulge in the Lord. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed all of my travels – cruises to Mexico, touring all over Europe, road tripping to California, attending the Legacy conference in Chicago, and backpacking in Arkansas! Every trip brought new and exciting experiences!
- Love what you do. And if you don’t love what you do, don’t be afraid to change it! I say this as someone who left a lucrative career in accounting (which I strongly disliked) to become a teacher and now blogger (read more about how God changed my career here). No need to wake up everyday to a job you don’t love!
- Apologize. If you’re wrong, apologize. As an adult, you should know how to say those magic words, “I’m sorry!” No one is perfect and we all make mistakes, but you have to own up to those mistakes. Whether that person wants to accept your apology is up to them.
- Your friends are like the family you choose. Unlike your family, you choose the friends you hang around – whether they are a good or bad influence. Our friends can be our greatest accountability partners and allies in this Christian walk if we choose wisely. Or they can be the crowd who keeps us falling back into sin!
- Sin! Don’t hide your sins! The longer we go without confessing our sins and turning away from it, the bigger it grows and the harder it is to confess and turn away from it. But God, is faithful to help us, if we just be willing to get help.
- Learn to laugh about it. Life will have its embarrassing moments, its headaches, its moments to freak out. But troubles don’t last and everything eventually works out. And sometimes, you realize those things you stressed about weren’t really anything to stress about at all. Learn to laugh about it. God has everything in His control!
- Lastly, the single most important relationship we will ever have is the one we have with Christ. Attending church, being a part of ministries, fellowshipping – all those things are great – but they pale in comparison to our own personal relationship with Christ. And just like any relationship, we have to spend time together to grow! Read the Word, pray, talk with the Lord. That’s the only way we’ll ever really know Him.
What life lessons have you learned? Comment below!
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