31 Years, 31 Lessons, 31 words or less

Today I turn 31.

31 used to seem old to me.

But today, in many ways, I just feel like a better version of my younger self. And in the same breath, I feel like a completely different person.

Sort of like the saying “it feels like yesterday” and “it feels like a lifetime ago” applies to the same memory.

Anyways, here I am at 31. Maybe that’s young to you, or maybe that’s old. 😉

But birthdays always make me reflect. I don’t know why, but they do.

So this time, I’m making my reflections public.

I’ve picked these learnings up from fabulous people, books, life-experiences and scripture.

Here are… in no particular order…

31 lessons I’ve learned.

In my 31 years on earth.

In 31 words or less.

Just for fun. 🙂

  1. We have far more in common than we have that separates us. Love. Pain. Joy. Fear. Mortality.
  2. True understanding requires you to change your perspectives. Perspective can make you see a penny as flat or round. Both are right, but incomplete.
  3. There are grey areas in life, not everything is crystal clear. Grey is not black, grey is not white – let grey be grey.
  4. Every breath is a gift. Remember to slow down and be thankful for now and then.
  5. Science doesn’t defuse my faith, it infuses it. We live in such an intricate, creative and complex world.
  6. It’s ok to have friends for a season or a reason. They can be some of the most valuable friendships of your life.
  7. Following your heart is stupid. It lies and changes its mind.
  8. Pain and suffering reveal a world that isn’t as it should be and force me to look for a solution. Love. Renewal. Redemption. Jesus.
  9. People are always more important. Always.
  10. Jesus is more powerful and more real than I realized. Every now and then, I realize that.
  11. God doesn’t fit in a box. On this side of eternity, my box isn’t big enough. I can’t possibly have 100% accurate theology, lest I ever think I do.
  12. It’s ok to say no, just do it thoughtfully.
  13. Never underestimate what God is doing when you can’t see Him. The bests things in life can come from that.
  14. The only difference between time and money is that we all get the same amount of the first in a day.
  15. The only person responsible for you is you. Blame only moves us backwards.
  16. It’s helpful (and possible) to do all things with kindness. If not, why not?
  17. Family is a given, relationship is a gift. We can’t chose our families, or even guarantee they are around, but we all have roots. The relationship is the gift worth fighting for.
  18. Forgiveness is as much for you as the one you’re forgiving. It’s not saying “it’s ok.” It’s letting go of whatever you’re holding over their head. It’s healing. It’s healthy.
  19. There is a lot that has to go right in a day for you to have another one. Don’t take that for granted.
  20. It’s easier to be nice to strangers than the people closest to you. Strong character knows how to do both.
  21. God doesn’t use what you bring to the table, He uses what you surrender.
  22. You have a truth drawer. Evaluated it often to make sure nothing is misfiled.
  23. We were not made for death and we were not made for suffering. We were made of everlasting life and love.
  24. Never have an important conversation when you’re tired, cold or hungry.
  25. Say I’m sorry more often, but mean it. Maybe that’s Canadian, but also it’s gracious and humble.
  26. When the question is ice cream, the answer is always yes.
  27. Learn how to receive a compliment.
  28. Learn how to accept help.
  29. Give sacrificially, it changes your heart.
  30. Discovering who Jesus is has been the best thing that ever happened to me.
  31. If I find in this life desires nothing in this world can satisfy, I can only conclude I was not made for here. Thanks for that quote, CS Lewis.


Thanks for reading. Hope it makes your day a little richer today!

With love,


Sarah according to Justin – brings a kindness, compassion and empathy to every conversation she finds herself in. She has a remarkable gift for reaching out and leaving others better than when she met them. She’s also a devoted, patient, and loving wife and mother with a passion for seeing God’s love realized in this world.

1 Comment

  1. Rose September 14, 2017

    Loved this! Wise girl:)

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