I’m 20. I have made countless mistakes. I have learned. I have grown. I am still in the process of both. I am a firm believer that every wrong decision can be redeemed, every step backwards can equal two steps forward, and every bad can be used for good. Experience what there is to be experienced, but do not waste your life, your hurt, or your time. My single, biggest regret is not following Jesus sooner, but I do not dwell on this. I use my past to propel my future and let Him guide me every step of the way. Here are things I learned in my twenty-something years and I hope they stimulate you to reflect and admire on the moments you have been given. Whether you are a freshman in high-school or a senior in college, here is my advice to you. Keep this close, read it often, and do not dismiss it.
Invest in who you want to be NEXT.
If bad company tempts you, don’t go along with them.
Become a minimalist.
Do things that get you out of your comfort zone.
Don’t assume you know it all.
Earn a reputation for living well.
The best time to work on a marriage is before you have one.
Don’t “kill time” with someone just because.
Don’t just know about the people in your life, KNOW the people in your life.
Make sacrifices. They will all be blessed by God.
Stay inspired & uncomfortable.
Become humble through the giving of time, money, and self.
Determination and hard work will not help you achieve fulfillment, total surrender to Him will.
Overcome the obstacle of prayerlessness. There is nothing more substantial than prayer- even going to church, studying the bible, having small group, and watching sermons online.
Fall in love with your Creator in creative ways.
Remember that everyday is a new beginning.
Forgive, over and over again.
Drink green tea, exercise, and smile.
Spend less time on social media.
Do not feel pressured to live up to society’s expectations. Focus on God’s expectations of you.
Don’t focus on one thing too much, either. Stay versatile.
Let your opinions and viewpoints evolve, but make sure they align with The Word.
Truly obtain the qualities you seek in others.
Seek out advice from people you admire.
Don’t ever stop being spontaneous and making priceless memories.