For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
- Jeremiah 29:11-13
Dear 14-year-old Megan,
Hi, how are you? I am you when you are twenty years old. Crazy, right? I am sure you have a lot of questions, but to answer a few: Yes, you finally got a boyfriend. No, it was not everything you ever dreamed of. You actually do get involved in clubs and make friends. You go through several jobs, but your first will be your best because that's where you become best friends with Amber. Yes, Amber from math class in sixth grade. There are most likely plenty more, but I wanted to give you some helpful tips. You are about to go through a time of change and new experiences, good and bad. So let’s begin,
It is much better to be silly and have fun than look cool and apathetic. Girl, you have got to stop trying to seem like you are too good to care. You care, you have a lot of feelings; embrace it! This may be overstated but you should dance more! You know you love it and others will not see your clumsy movements, but the happiness that flows through you. Play games with your friends even if you're bad at them. You will enjoy life so much more when you stop seeking the affirmation of others.
It is okay to love people more than they love you. The world is full of people who are broken; love them. It does not make you pitiful. Let go of your pride and show others that there are people who care. Text others first, check on how your friends are doing, ask people to hang out. There is nothing wrong with showing people that you care about them. If they do not like you for how much love you have then that is on them, not you.
Do not be afraid of adventures. I know you think that if you fail then the world is over. Here’s the thing, it’s not. Throughout the course of your life, you will fail continuously. You will also succeed a lot. That being said; take more risks! Your favorite memories hardly ever come from staying within your comfort zone. Even if it does not work out the way you wanted it to, you will be glad that you made the jump. You can’t grow if you do not go places where you haven't been before.
Listen here, because this is the most important thing you have learned: God loves you. Yes, God from the Christian Bible, the one you have been scared of since you were a child. He LOVES you and wants a relationship with you. He does not expect you to be perfect; that’s why He sent His one and only son to die on the cross for you. Jesus gave His life for the broken sinners. Due to this, you are able to have a relationship with your Father. God is fair and He is patient and He has a plan for you. With this being said…
Stop hating yourself and learn to love who God made you to be. He does not mistake and therefore you are not a mistake. He says you are beautiful. He says you are loved. He says you are precious. The Lord chose to make you and is choosing to use you. He made you who you are and if you grow those skills through Him then they will be used to grow His kingdom. You are unique and you are His, and nothing he makes is worthy of hate.
Finally, you do not have to solely rely on yourself. Stop thinking that you need to fix everything by yourself. God has continuously blessed you with people that you can go to for help. He blessed you with an amazing family. He also is always with you and wants you to turn to Him when you are in need. The Lord does not ask you to be strong enough to handle everything you go through, but He does ask you to lean on Him and let Him be strong enough for you.
You are a communication and English major and the University of Kentucky. You have a dog named Moose. You’re a writer and an artist. Yet, none of this matters if you do not know that you are a child of the one and only God. He is your Father and He is going to constantly fight to be in your life. He never gives up on finding you. Open yourself up to Him and let Him care for you. He heals you and makes you joyful. This is what makes your life wonderful. And, Megan, at 20 you’ve learned a lot - but the exciting news is you are still a work in progress. There is even more adventure ahead!
1. How have you changed since your first year of high school?
2. How has the Lord worked through you?
3. What do you want to tell your younger self?
Lord, I thank you for constantly seeking me. You made me in Your image and You do not make mistakes Lord. I pray that you help me to continue to grow in learning who You are and in our relationship. You are merciful and loving. I love you. In Your name, Amen.
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