Friday, January 24, 2014

Things I've Learned in the Past 30 Years

I had a birthday yesterday, and today, I'm going to tell you how old I am. I know women are suppose to hide that sort of thing, but I'm not going to. Why? Because the first thing I've learned during the past 30 years is is that age doesn't matter. Not really.  I don't care how old or young you are, it's who you are that really matters. In fact, over the past several years if you would have asked me how old I was, you probably would have got a puzzled expression. It's not something that's important to me, so I have to stop and do the math. I'll probably remember my age this year, though. It's a good round number. (If you haven't already figured it out, I just turned 30.)

Without further ado, here's 30 things I've learned in the past 30 years:
  1. Age doesn't matter - see 1 Timothy 4:12
  2. God is in control - even when you can't see His plan - see Romans 8:28
  3. Jesus died for my sins (and yours) and I'm so thankful that I He did - see John 3:16-18
  4. Everyone has feelings - no matter how hard they try to hide them.
  5. No dreams are unrealistic if they are what you really want and you're dedicated to making them come true.
  6. Water is good for you - but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
  7. Green smoothies make you pee.
  8. There is no greater feeling than being loved.
  9. Success comes and goes, but accomplishments last forever.
  10. I'm not a pet person.
  11. It's better to give than to receive.
  12. The golden rule really is golden.
  13. Blessings come in all shapes and sizes, we'll never be able to recognize them all - see #2
  14. People are far more important than things.
  15. Whiplash causes migraines - and they HURT! - see #2
  16. The best way to fight depression is through praise and thanksgiving.
  17. Everyone has an opinion, but that doesn't mean they are right. It's best to listen and pray - see #2
  18. Imperfection is okay - see #3
  19. Nobody is perfect - see above.
  20. Words hurt, hearts heal, the love of God can carry you through anything - see #2
  21. Things aren't always as they seem.
  22. Forgiveness is a choice - see #3
  23. You can't please everyone at the same time. It's best to what you need to do, and let God deal with the rest - see Galatians 1:10
  24. True beauty is on the inside.
  25. People will fail you, they are about as close to perfect as you are - see #19.
  26. Having cute kids is both a blessing and a curse. 
  27. Spending time with like-minded people is essential - see Hebrews 10:25
  28. It's easier to overthink things and worry than it is to trust God, especially when you should be sleeping - see #2
  29. Not all good things are fun.
  30. Life goes on.