Dear Younger Me,
I’m writing you this letter with the desire to help you as you walk through this uncertain life. If you will receive guidance from one who has gone before you and walked in your shoes, you will not be disappointed. Believe me when I tell you, life is too short to learn everything the hard way. Yes, pain is a wonderful teacher, but it shows no grace. With that being said, I pray you have a willingness to receive my words of advice, believing that I am for you.
DO IT SCARED
I promise your greatest accomplishments in life will happen outside of your comfort zone, usually way outside of your comfort zone! This is where faith comes in. Don’t wait until you feel ready to try something new because that day may never come. Instead, do it scared. You will find that engagement brings clarity and that fear is a liar. Preparation is important and I encourage it, but there needs to come a time when you quit thinking and start doing, when “ready, set, go” must change to “go, set, ready!” You will be amazed by all that you will accomplish when you believe it before you see it.
You have a tendency to be very hard on yourself. Think about it, you would never talk to another person the way you speak to yourself. It will become a habit for you to look in the mirror and critique every flaw and perceived imperfection. Your initial response to any mistake you make will be a harsh thought or a condemning word. You will think it’s okay because you’re not saying it to another person, but it’s not. Stop it! Give yourself the grace you would give others. In order to do this, you have to change your thought patterns. You will struggle with insecurity until you understand who you are in God’s eyes. You belong to Jesus and that means you are loved, chosen, royalty, redeemed, needed, wanted, forgiven, and so important that He died for you. When you truly believe this, you will be able to be nice to yourself and to others. You will be able to freely give grace because you have received it. This is where you need to make a choice. You will either believe the Word or you will believe the world. The world will lie to you. God never will. When you put your trust in Him, your life will be filled with an inner peace, regardless of your circumstances, that no amount of fame or fortune can provide.
DON’T LET THE URGENT GET IN THE WAY OF THE IMPORTANT
The world that you live in believes that being busy is a virtue and to be successful you have to join the rat race. Don’t believe it! This is an exhausting way to live. Always remember that you can’t manage time but you can manage your choices. My advice to you is to never let the urgent get in the way of the important. Urgent, pressing matters will always be there, loved ones won’t. Choose to spend your time by putting people first. Who do you need to call? Who do you need to forgive? Who do you need to spend time with? Who do you need to encourage? In the end, the only thing that matters are relationships.