Each year on my birthday I write a post about what I am learning at that point in my life. Today, I’d like to share with you how I am viewing life at 28 years old. You can read posts from earlier birthdays here:
At 28 I am Solidifying My Beliefs – I am no longer believing things just because I heard someone I admire say them or because I have always believed them. When I find myself believing something, I find myself asking, “Why do I believe this? Where did I learn this? Is this actually true?” Then I try to find it in the Bible. It’s been an extremely valuable process.
At 28 I am More Passionate About Personal Growth than I Have Ever Been – Aside from making Jesus the Lord of your life, the best advice I could ever give you is to develop a plan for personal growth. Why? Growth = Happiness. Show me someone who is always growing and getting better at everything they do and I’ll show you someone who is always happy. Personal growth is the key to reaching your full potential.
At 28 I am Certain That Nothing is Impossible with God – Mark Batterson said it best, “When you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, you never know who you’ll meet, where you’ll go, or what you’ll do. But one thing is certain: it’ll be anything but boring!” Living for God is one million times better than not living for Him. God can do ANYTHING in and through you. Relying on Him is so much better than relying on yourself for living your most heroic life!
At 28 I am Continuing to Become more Confident in Who I am and Whose I am – Insecurity is a struggle for me. However, this year I find myself going after the ROOTS of my insecurity. Often the roots of my insecurities are grounded in experiences I had when I was much younger. I am exposing the roots and the lies and replacing them with truth.
At 28 I am Enjoying My First Year of Marriage – Marriage is absolutely awesome! Nothing is better than doing it God’s way! I get to spend everyday with my best friend. It’s been such a joy to watch Laura grow and develop in the past 10 months. I’ve learned more about her than I ever had in the 10 years we dated! Living with Laura has changed my life. She is my best friend, biggest cheerleader, and strongest challenger! She refuses to let me settle for less than God’s best. I am the man I am today because of her influence in my life.
At 28 I am Realizing that God’s Will is Whatever – Before this year, I always saw God’s will for my life as doing “something big” in the future. Today I am realizing that God’s will is whatever He tells me to do right now. That’s it. In fact, I am right in the middle of God’s will for my life. My job isn’t to figure out what God’s will for me is in twenty years. My job is to find out God’s will for my life right now and be faithful with what He’s put right in front of me. As Bruce Bickel says, “Ministry is who you are, where you are!”
At 28 I am Finding God Making-up For Things I Did Not Get Growing-up – Nobody has a perfect upbringing. Regardless of how great your upbringing was, odds are you still didn’t fully develop in all the ways you needed to. If you had an unhealthy upbringing, there are probably a lot of ways you did not develop that you needed to. Facing your upbringing can be extremely painful and challenging, but if you want to grow to your maximum potential, it’s something you have to deal with. I am willing to face my past in order to brighten my future.
At 28 I find Myself Moving From Passion to Practical – In my early twenties, I found myself dreaming of what’s possible in my lifetime. Now I am not only still dreaming of what is possible, but I am focusing on how to turn my dream into a reality. Everyone has a dream. The question is, how do you practically achieve it? I am becoming more and more focused on the process required to make my dreams come true.
At 28 I find myself Wanting to Encourage More, Inspire More, and Equip More – I believe God has called me to encourage, inspire, and equip people to live the lives God has called them to live. I find myself more and more desiring to help others reach their potential.
These are just some of the things I am learning in my 28th year of life. I hope they challenge you to think about what you’re learning regardless of how old you are!
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