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Recently on my blog, I started a new series of posts called What Matters Monday. The series was prompted by all the things I see my Facebook friends sharing and talking about that really have no bearing on ANYTHING, in the grand scheme of things. I want to take the time to think about and focus on THE THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER in life. Sometimes, I think our lives are so overshadowed by the unimportant that we forget to focus on the things that really are important.
September is Blog Month for Compassion International Bloggers. And, our first writing prompt seems to tie in fairly nicely with this new series:
Write a blog post to your childhood self.
What words of encouragement do you need to hear?
So, without further adieu, here is my letter to my childhood self:
I know you’ve heard the phrase “hindsight is 20/20”, but I’m sure you have no clue what it actually means. I know this because, until you’ve actually lived life and have something to look back on, you just don’t get it! So, I’d like to share a few of the things that I’ve learned over the years with you now . . .
I know you’re lonely now. Being an only child isn’t always easy. But, enjoy those moments of being the center of your parents’ (and grandparents’) attention because it won’t last forever! When you’re 14, you’re going to get 2 brothers from Korea and they will change your life – in many ways!
You know all those “things”? Toys and gadgets and gizmos! The “wish list” items that you desire for Christmas or your birthday. I know you know the ones I’m talking about. Well, guess what? They aren’t important. One day, you’ll actually look back on those things and laugh! Toys and technology have come a LONG way. Even cameras have changed! And, you’ll learn that you can get very caught up in those things and you won’t be able to catch up! So, don’t focus on the things – focus on the heart.
I know you sometimes get picked on in school. You’ll grow up to learn that there are bullies everywhere. The things they are telling you and calling you simply are not true. You aren’t fat and you certainly aren’t ugly. In fact, you have been made in the image of God – and He created you perfectly. You are the one and only you and you are special just the way you are!
Keep studying! It’s ok to love to study and to desire to learn! I can tell you know that this part of your personality will never change! You will grow up with a passion for learning and expanding your knowledge. Nowadays, they call people like you a “nerd” or a “geek” and you know what? It’s ok! One day people might even come to you for advice or to share that expertise. So, keep that love for learning and use it to the fullest!
You know those things that you have on your list of “what I want to be when I grow up”? I believe you listed a mommy, a teacher, and a beautician. Well, guess what? You will get to be all those things. You’ll also get to be a nurse, a taxi driver, and lots of other things! They’re all tied up together in the role of motherhood and it’s a wonderful, blessed thing! Enjoy it when it happens because – trust me on this – it goes by way too quickly!
Friends will come and go. They WILL betray you. You’ll go through times of feeling very hurt and lost. You’ll cry. But, hear this – keep loving on them! Keep being a good friend. Jesus said that “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”. You will experience such friendship. You will experience the loss of your best friend and it will hurt. Really hurt. But, keep loving! And always remember – when your friends betray you and you feel alone, Jesus is the best friend of all! HE is always by your side and He will never leave you or betray you!
I wish we could learn from our adult selves. Don’t you? It’s certain that we’d worry a lot less and love a lot more. Unfortunately, though, this isn’t possible. So, instead, we need to share what we have learned with those around us – and those whose lives are touched by knowing us.
The goal of Blog Month is to see 3,160 children receive sponsors. If you have a heart for children, please consider sponsoring a child. I do not receive anything for promoting this. Your $38/month goes directly to help a needy child by providing food and clean water, medical care, educational opportunities, life-skills training, and – most importantly – your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God. Give a child all the benefits that you had! You will be the one to receive the blessings!