22 Things I Would Tell My 22 Year Old Self

  1. Nothing is more important than spending time with God every day. I know that you have school, friends and episodes of The Bachelor to watch. Just set the time apart for God and keep that appointment daily, you’ll never regret it.
  2. The people you surround yourself with can change the course of your life. Choose your friends wisely. Some of the dumbest things you do will be because of unwise friendships.
  3. If a relationship has to be a secret, then you shouldn’t be in it.
  4. Don’t abuse your hair so much with products and heat. You want to HAVE hair on your head when you meet that special someone one day in the future.
  5. People will remember the things you say long after you’ve said them. Take every opportunity to encourage and make others feel loved.
  6. Little lies always end up becoming big lies. Stop lying.  I know you think people can’t handle the truth, but they can.
  7. No matter how good or a bad a situation is, it’s going to change. Count on this.
  8. Rejection is God’s protection over your life. Thank God for it because it means that He’s got a better plan for you in this case than you have for yourself. I know you can’t see it now, but trust Him.
  9. 95% of the people you meet in college will basically be strangers in 10 years. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true.
  10. Every person’s journey is different. Don’t judge others; you truly have no idea what they’re going through.
  11. A bad attitude makes anyone wearing it ugly. No exceptions.
  12. God loves you because He loves you, not because of something you did or didn’t do.
  13. It never hurts to ask.
  14. Understand that you spend more time worrying about what people think about you than people actually spend thinking about you.
  15. Figure out what you believe and why you really believe it. Your parents faith will only carry you so far.
  16. Decide how you will make decisions before the time comes for you to actually make those decisions.
  17. Another person will never be able to make you feel better about yourself for long. Good self-esteem actually comes from knowing who God created you to be.
  18. Don’t hold grudges. It’s a total waste of time.
  19. God already knows what you’re doing. Talk openly about everything with Him – sins, struggles, temptations…whatever. If you’re angry with Him, tell Him. He can take it.
  20. Don’t ignore your family. They are the ones that will be there for you no matter what for the rest of your life.
  21. If you’re upset about something, ask yourself, “Will this matter in 5 years?”   I can literally think of maybe 3 things that I did in college that still matter today.
  22. God not only forgives, He forgets. Let your past go, so you can be effective in the future.

“Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.”

Proverbs 11:14

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