Dear Kristin.

“Dear younger me
It’s not your fault
You were never meant to carry this beyond the cross
Dear younger me

You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart a brand new heart
You are free indeed

Every mountain every valley
Thru each heartache you will see
Every moment brings you closer
To who you were meant to be
Dear younger me, dear younger me”

-MercyMe, “Dear Younger Me”

Dear Kristin,

Where do I begin?

You are a teenage mess. You will never be a popular kid. You will never be the prom queen. You are clumsy (let’s be real here, you know it). You are selfish. You are a gossip. You choose to let others define your limitations. That boy will break your heart (over and over again) and you will let him. You will fail more than you succeed.

But you are so wonderful despite all of these negative attributes.

You care about people who don’t even care about themselves. You work hard every single day in and out of school. You can calm people with just your presence. You see the positive in all situations. You befriend those who have been deemed “hopeless causes”.

You will grow up to find that you didn’t marry that boy right out of college. You didn’t become a nurse. You didn’t start out a university right after high school like most everyone else. You didn’t start having a family by the age of 23. You aren’t wealthy.

Girl, you became something so much better that your dreams ever could imagine.

By the age of 24, you graduated with a Master of Education degree. You became a teacher of little people who think you’re the coolest person in the world when you wear a dress with polka dots. People tell you that your deep faith in Jesus Christ shows them how real He really is (WHOA). There’s so much more that I don’t even want to tell you about yet because I can’t wait for you to experience the awesomeness/craziness of this life for yourself.

I would like to tell you that I hope you do not have to endure trials and heartache, but honestly, I hope you do. Those mistakes and pains have made me the person I am today.

& for that I am grateful.


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