A Letter To My Younger Self
March 20, 2016 is the day you turn 25 and there’s a few things you should know…
Embrace who God made you to be. You’ll spend way too much time questioning your self and your worth. It’s not your fault they left you and there will be a lot of “they’s”. But at 25 you’ll know much better who you are and your only regret will be the days you spent wanting to be anything other than who God made you to be.
Be proud of yourself. You’re strong, you’re determined and you’re a leader. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating God’s goodness in your life. You will set many goals and you will achieve them all with the help of God. Don’t let anyone take away the joy of your blessings. Those that love you will celebrate with you and those that don’t aren’t worth your tears.
Don’t be afraid to stand out. God has blessed you with intelligence and drive, don’t try to hide them to fit in. No matter how hard you try, you will never be like everybody else. You’re not just “different”, you’ve been set apart by God. What looks like rejection is God’s protection from roads you aren’t meant to travel on and people you aren’t meant to be with. Later you’ll be thankful God used those things to keep you from the mistakes most other people make in their youth so He could preserve you for your calling.
You will have to make a lot of sacrifices to lead a life that is worthy of the call God has placed on you. That includes laying down your plans to follow God, leaving people you love behind and walking by faith when things happen that you don’t understand. But young women everywhere are depending on you to stay the course. You’re not just doing this for yourself, you are their example. An example of purity, an example of pursuing your purpose, but most importantly an example of what it is to be young and in love with Jesus. So it may not always be easy, but it’s worth it. And lives will be changed because of your obedience.
Lastly, enjoy life. Because at 25, that will be most important to you. Life is a gift, and as you grow in God you’ll learn exactly how precious it is. Go do all the things you want to do and don’t let anyone slow you down. You may skip over opportunities for fear of doing them by yourself, but at 25 you are finally at a place where you’re ready to do whatever the Lord has called you to do…even if that means doing it alone. You will continue to grow, you will continue to change, but most of all you will mature into a woman than you can be proud of. There’s nowhere but up from here!