Sweet 16.

I am being given one of the coolest, craziest, scariest gifts ever: I get to turn 26 this week.

I am reflecting on the last quarter century I have lived and am in disbelief of how fast life is going.  I really feel like I was just in high school a minute ago!

I loved high school (for the most part). I do not think it is necessarily an easy time for anyone and is kind of crazy, but I mainly think about it fondly.

But.

I wish I could change some things.

If 16 year old me would listen to the present version of myself I would have so many things to say:

Do not let it beat you down when things don’t go your way.

Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (NIV)

Your parents have your best interest at heart: always.

Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother—which is the first commandment with a promise— that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (NIV)

Follow your dreams-no matter the cost.

1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” (NIV)

You will always end up where you were meant to be-even if it is not where you thought you’d be.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (NIV)

Love others for who they are, not who you would like them to be.

Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

God is real and so is His love for you.

John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

What would you tell your 16 year old self if you had the chance?

-Kristin

 

 

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