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. 🙂
- We have far more in common than we have that separates us. Love. Pain. Joy. Fear. Mortality.
- True understanding requires you to change your perspectives. Perspective can make you see a penny as flat or round. Both are right, but incomplete.
- There are grey areas in life, not everything is crystal clear. Grey is not black, grey is not white – let grey be grey.
- Every breath is a gift. Remember to slow down and be thankful for now and then.
- Science doesn’t defuse my faith, it infuses it. We live in such an intricate, creative and complex world.
- It’s ok to have friends for a season or a reason. They can be some of the most valuable friendships of your life.
- Following your heart is stupid. It lies and changes its mind.
- 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.
- People are always more important. Always.
- Jesus is more powerful and more real than I realized. Every now and then, I realize that.
- 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.
- It’s ok to say no, just do it thoughtfully.
- Never underestimate what God is doing when you can’t see Him. The bests things in life can come from that.
- The only difference between time and money is that we all get the same amount of the first in a day.
- The only person responsible for you is you. Blame only moves us backwards.
- It’s helpful (and possible) to do all things with kindness. If not, why not?
- 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.
- 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.
- There is a lot that has to go right in a day for you to have another one. Don’t take that for granted.
- It’s easier to be nice to strangers than the people closest to you. Strong character knows how to do both.
- God doesn’t use what you bring to the table, He uses what you surrender.
- You have a truth drawer. Evaluated it often to make sure nothing is misfiled.
- We were not made for death and we were not made for suffering. We were made of everlasting life and love.
- Never have an important conversation when you’re tired, cold or hungry.
- Say I’m sorry more often, but mean it. Maybe that’s Canadian, but also it’s gracious and humble.
- When the question is ice cream, the answer is always yes.
- Learn how to receive a compliment.
- Learn how to accept help.
- Give sacrificially, it changes your heart.
- Discovering who Jesus is has been the best thing that ever happened to me.
- 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!