Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.
- Proverbs 13:10
Dear Younger Me,
I know life is heavy and difficult. At times, you feel an overwhelming amount of pain - both mentally and physically. You have days that seem like you can’t catch a break. But here you are today reading this letter. Congratulations! You survived another day and you’ll survive the next. God is sovereign and knows what's best for you. Trust Him always.
Now, I know you’re not going to like what I’m about to say… rather type, but it needs to be said. Pride is something you struggle with. In order to manage it, you’re going to constantly need to do self-checks so you’re aware when it’s out of control.
The habits that will help you manage pride are as follows: lean a little further into God and read your Bible every single day. Even though you don’t like the idea of having flaws at first, talking to your counselor always helps. You’re going to be wrong sometimes, get over it and yourself. Okay, now these ones you really don’t like, but listen up!! You CANNOT handle everything yourself and you must learn to ask for help when you need it. There you go. And remember not to over-correct - being motivated to be more like God out of love is a whole lot more effective than being motivated out of guilt!
You’ll get made fun of for the glasses that are too big for your face. Don’t sweat it though because one day, those big glasses will be in demand and the latest trend. So the joke will be on them. You are incredibly funny. Not everyone thinks so, but girl, you are a hoot!
What’s been said and done to you doesn’t define you or measure your worth. Neither does what you’ve said or done. Go ahead and let yourself crumble and break from time to time. Jesus has got you girl. Love hard, and let yourself be loved. Gosh, you deserve to be loved more than you’ll ever know.
Despite what the world will tell you, you are the daughter of the risen King. He loves you more than any family, friend, or lover ever can or ever will. Cling to Him more than anything else.
And yes, you already know all of this. But until you enter eternity, you will need these reminders quite frequently. May this letter meet your eyes and richen your soul with wisdom not just today, but through the ages. And yes, I am writing this to my 9 year old self. Also to my 16, 18, 20, 24, and 30 year old selves. Gosh, I’m even writing this to my yesterday years old self. Reminders. Always need the reminders.
Your Older, Hopefully Wiser, Self
P.S. I’m not sure I’ve ever told you, but I love you. I really do.
1. What would you write to your younger self?
2. What lessons in your life have helped make you wiser?
Dear Jesus, Thank You for the ability to reflect and gain wisdom from the life that I’ve lived. Thank You for the lessons You’ve taught me and the love You’ve given me. Please help me to cling to You always and to be aware and open to receive Your Holy Spirit. In Your precious name I pray, Amen.
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