As my 30th birthday approaches, I have reflected on some things I have learned in my first three decades on this earth. Some of the lessons have been easy, and some have been painful. May these brief reflections edify someone.
- Degrees do not give you wisdom. Perspective does.
- Selfless friends are rare. When you find them, hold onto them and reciprocate.
- Hold firmly to principles, and tentatively to plans.
- Teaching is dangerous because people will listen to you.
- Don’t act like you know it all. No one ever does.
- Men will never look good in skinny jeans.
- Figure out the difference between mountains and molehills. Don’t put on climbing gear for a molehill. You will only waste your time and look ridiculous.
- Following your heart is often a very bad idea (Jer. 17:9).
- Cheaters do prosper, on this side of eternity at least. Karma is not in control (it doesn’t even make sense); Jesus is, and he will set things right when he returns.
- Most people and situations offer something for us to learn.
- Christian doctrine without practice is fruitless, but Christian practice without doctrine is meaningless.
- Instead of finding reasons to be offended, find reasons to not be offended. This makes for better relationships and clearer thinking.
- You will rarely “feel like” doing what you ought. So just “git r dun” already (to quote Larry the Cable Guy).
- None of us deserve handouts or special treatment. That’s what makes special treatment an act of grace, deserving of gratitude.
- There will always be smarter, more successful, and more attractive people. You are less important than you may think you are.
- In addition to (11), the world is full of brilliant people. It has a shortage of virtuous people.
- Do not let your ambitions eclipse your calling. Sometimes we are called to small things that are eternally significant. God knows why he created us; we do not.
- What others want you to be will change rapidly. You might as well resolve to be the best version of yourself.
- You cannot force anyone to change their behavior or ideas. You can and should try to encourage people to think, though.
- Avoiding problems makes them worse.
- The experience of suffering can greatly aid your ability to empathize with and disciple others.
- No finite person or activity can complete you. That is because we were created for a relationship with a perfect Creator. Everything else falls short.
- Hate what is evil; cling to what is good (Romans 12:9), but we must learn to recognize the good first. It is not as easy as it sounds.
- In a swiftly changing world, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
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