Another year has come and gone. I’ve grown another year older and closer to getting gray hair (I can’t wait tbh).
You know what’s really cool about being an adult and having a birthday during the work week? Sometimes you get the privilege of still working on your birthday.
Perhaps you thought I was going to list 26 thoughts in this blog post. Maybe by the end of this thing, I just might.
No, this blog post is centered around a few thoughts I had last night.
Yesterday, I turned 26. I know, I look 16. 😁
The older I get, the more I think back on what I’ve been doing in life.
There’s not a single year I really want to go back to (if that were possible) because something has always happened that I’m like eh, would not want to go through that again. At the same time, there are some moments, obviously, that I would love to go through again just to fully get the feels from it. Memories do well in those times.
When I look back on my 26 years though, I see how much I’ve grown as a person in general and in my faith. I know more now and know that I have a responsibility put upon me – my faith and the Great Commission. Most of my younger years, I didn’t understand and I didn’t grasp all those things. I had my reasons for being a good person and thought that’s all that mattered. I was so wrong.
Though I gave my life to Jesus in elementary school, I was caught in sin and was not the best example of Christianity out there. It took me til college to fully get my act together (well, still working on it, as we all are). That was a hard time. It was a time full of conviction and also trying to study and get goods grades, plus working. Not to mention the normal life experiences of a commuter student, living at home.
Every year, I think this is my year.
What does that even mean?
In all honesty, it’s God’s year. 😳
How can I glorify God even more this year than the last?
I don’t know what that’s going to look like yet, but it can start with small things like attitude and self-motivation.
God has been so good to me, even when I feel at my lowest and I don’t deserve any blessing from such a good God. He provides and blesses me unexpectedly.
My 26 years haven’t been wasted because I know that in some way or another, God has touched someone else’s life through me, or He will in the future. God cares about my journey and He has guided me to this exact moment, even if I do occasionally get misguided by the world or my flesh.
The past isn’t something to dwell on, though occasionally I do dabble in reminiscing. The past is more of a look how far God has brought me kind of thing.
I’ve occasionally thought about moments where I thought I was better off than I was now, but in general, I wouldn’t want to be the person I was in the past. One day, I’m sure I won’t want to be the person I am now either.
God is going to continue carrying me just like He’s going to continue to carry you if you’ve put your faith in Jesus. I don’t know what the next year is going to look like, who I’m going to be at 27, or what God is going to do in me, but I know it’s good.
I hope you find comfort in these truths. Thanks for reading.
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time – to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.2 Timothy 1:9
I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.Colossians 2:3-6
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.Proverbs 16:20
Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the Lord! He is the most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods.Psalm 96:3-4