Face to Face with the Younger Me
I like the CCM group, For King and Country so much. They have a song which I like for a lot of reasons…but “Fix My Eyes” is such a good message to my younger self.
I turned 54 the other day. This was the age in which my dad died of a sudden heart attack. A rather sobering thought..and he seemed so young to me then. It seems really young to me now.
My body tells me that this ‘ole earth suit has aged..but the brain doesn’t feel the same.
But with age there has come some wisdom. Wisdom on what is important in life, and wisdom to know that I myself am not wise at all, that all I am is because of Jesus Christ.
So I decided to come “face to face with the younger me.”
First of all, I want you to know how much you are loved. I know that you don’t feel that way, I know that you don’t think you will ever have a boyfriend. But I am not talking about that type of love. I’m talking about the unconditional love of our Heavenly Father. He loves you Tammy. It doesn’t matter how much acne you have, how skinny you are, or whether or not you think you are popular, or what you do with your life….He loves you.
Secondly, you are not responsible for the happiness of everyone around you. You don’t have to make your parents happy..their divorce was just that..THEIR divorce. Trust me when I say you did not cause the divorce. It had nothing to do with you..at all. Chin up!
You are a teenager. It is okay to laugh, be silly and dance a lot. Don’t worry about the people who don’t want to be your friends, someday they might just grow up and be real friends. And if they don’t, you aren’t missing a thing.
Enjoy your family and friends…they won’t be around forever and this is the moment to savor your life. As you grow up and experience life, you will savor those moments as well.
But the most important advice I can give you right now is to love The Lord God with all your mind, soul, spirit and heart. Read His word and get to know Him. Life will be good, but it will be tough at times too..so know Him. He will never leave nor forsake you.
The Older Me
Personally, I would not want to go back in time. I am who I am because of the life I have lived. The joys, triumphs, hurts, pain and tragedy. God used them in my life and I know He will continue to do so as I live out this life on this side of heaven. I am forever grateful to my Father.
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11
What would you write to the younger you? It might be worth the words!
In Christ Alone
*personal images, NIV Bible*