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I found myself reminiscing about my 20s in my last blog so this time, I thought I’d finish off my list of things I would tell my younger self. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, more like practical things I’ve learned in the last decade that could have saved me time, energy and heartache if I would have put them into practice a little earlier in my 20s.
6. Think carefully about how you’re spending your time. Making good choices should lead to confidence. If it doesn’t, work on your confidence by asking God to give you a steadfastness and contentment in your decisions and lifestyle. If you see a history of making bad choices, think carefully about why that is, correct the mistakes, and then confidently pursue your new, better choices.
7. Try something new — push yourself out of your comfort zone. For introverts, that could mean attending a small group or social gathering on your own. For extroverts, that could mean spending a day by yourself — taking a drive in the mountains, going for a walk, reading a good book. If there’s a hobby or sport you’ve always been interested in, try it out. If you get invited to try a sport or activity you’ve never been interested in, try it anyway. Sometimes the best friendships (or hobbies) are born this way.
8. Don’t victimize yourself. So much of the time we can spend thinking about past hurts and feeling like we are a product of our past. If there are things in your past you need to deal with, do it. But don’t spend your life looking wistfully at your past. Follow Paul’s advice and do this one thing: Forgetting what is behind, press on to win the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus.
9. Focus on preparing yourself to be a good spouse. It’s easy, especially for women, to get caught up on the kind of wedding we want. It’s much harder to evaluate the sin in our lives and work on sanctifying those areas so that we can be a good spouse one day. One is eternal. The other is going to be 12 of the most hurried hours of your life. Spend your time focusing on what matters.
10. Enjoy your 20s. Don’t waste a decade of your life pining away for your future career, spouse or family when you could be appreciating where God has you at the moment. My pastor always said, “There is no ideal place to serve God accept where He puts you.”
I’ve had to remind myself of this many times in the last decade as I’ve had moments (or days or weeks) of feeling discontent with where God has me. The reality will always be that God has a divine purpose for where you find yourself in this very moment. Seek His will, and godly contentment and your 20s may be one of the most joy-filled and fun decades of your life.
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Very good tips! As I look back on my 20s, and prepare to enter my 30s decade this year (yikes!) so many of these are the very things God has taught me along the way. I'm still learning them, actually.
Thank you for these tips! As someone approaching my 20's, I'm determined to make the most of this period of life, however easy it may be to get caught up in my past, or planning my future.
GREAT TIPS! My favorite is #9. Focus on preparing yourself to be a good spouse. That's what we're all about at www.F-M-U.com - empowering the wise individual to prepare for marriage like a successful career: intentionally, intelligently and IN ADVANCE! Will definitely be linking to this post at www.facebook.com/FMUniversity. Thanks again!
Was very insightful especially for someone who is going to be 20 really soon, many of my friends look at this decade with fear because of the expectations, leave uni, get job, get married, have children, buy house etc. But its nice to have some suggestions that enable you to not only live in the moment but plan ahead - makes t so much less daunting :D
These are very good things to tell your "younger self" Things I do wish I would have "spoken louder" to my younger self. Not that I can't still make some changes. I am approaching 60 - very fast. :D The only one I would speak caution about is the pregnancy comment. Your body can come back to normal afterward if you don't just give in to all the cravings and lies that you MUST feed the two of you what ever you want. 25 - 30 pounds is normal weight gain for a pregnancy and can be fairly quickly lost afterward with reasonable eating and exercise. Breastfeeding can even help, because of the extra calories used. Enjoy your life - most importantly! You only get one.
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