If you could have a heart to heart talk with yourself back when you were a twenty-five-year-old, what would you say?
I really love this question?
I remember looking at people who were around 50 when I was a kid and thinking, “they are so old!!” Now I am up there, and I wouldn’t say I feel ancient, but I do feel that I have lived a pretty great life already and see only better times ahead.
During Lent we are called to be holy or to do everything we can to be the best version of ourselves that we can be – so what are the things that stand in your way today? What is the state of your heart?
As I look back, my top three pieces of advice to twenty-five-year-old me would be:
1. Take God at his word
Time and again I have seen God’s word proven to be true in my life and those close to me. I know I’m still working to take God at his word more seriously every day. He is who He says He is.
2. Be grateful
Even when our circumstances are hard there is always something to be grateful for – waking up in the morning, food on the table, a job, a friend, warm clothes, sunshine … Being grateful brings light into the darkest of situations and gives glory to God who blesses us so much.
3. Find your identity in Christ
We all define ourselves in various ways, but our identity must first and foremost be grounded in Christ. When you find yourself looking for love, look to Christ, when you find yourself needing affirmation, look to Christ. When you find yourself needing to feel significant, look to Christ. Only Christ can bring true contentment, true identity and true security.
I know I could make a list of 50 things and yet I also know that 25-year-old me could not cope with a list that long to aspire to.
What advice would you give to a twenty-five-year-old you or a younger you? Are there areas of your life that still need God today? This is the time to change!
Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. I want my heart to be filled with light and to be able to turn away from things that are not of you. Guide me in my thoughts and actions today. Thank you for the great plans you have for me. Amen.