21 Learnings in 21 Years

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Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetInspired by Maggie. She says, “Age is about growth — physical and otherwise.” I turn 22 today and I am quick to reflect on where I am today, and the days I lived to get here. These are 21 things I’ve come to understand in a deeper sense as I arrive at the beginning of my 22nd year.

  1. Give grace to receive grace.
  2. It’s helpful to focus on the progress, not the perfection.
  3. Most of the time, you get out what you put in.
  4. I thrive in smaller groups, and grow quiet and observant in large ones.
  5. There is wisdom in patient silence.
  6. Joy is a choice.
  7. Exercise because you enjoy it, not to meet another’s expectation.
  8. Stillness is an act that takes practice.
  9. An active, intimate relationship with Jesus takes discipline.
  10. Saying ‘no’ to good things sometimes makes way for a ‘yes’ to great things.
  11. Family isn’t just people who share your blood. (This one is too true not to also add, Maggie.)
  12. Recognize that weakness is not wrong. It directs the attention off of self and onto Jesus.
  13. It’s okay to disagree sometimes with your parents as you grow up.
  14. Be intentional with your words.
  15. Keep in mind that everyone you meet is someone Jesus loves and died for.
  16. Don’t underestimate the value and necessity of true rest.
  17. Generosity has a way of realigning misplaced priorities.
  18. Getting up earlier to gain an unhurried morning is worth it every time.
  19. Sometimes you can only take small steps forward, but it’s okay: you’re moving.
  20. Spend more time outside; it’s good for your soul.
  21. I still haven’t found a taste for hot tea.

Today turned out to be the most wonderful birthday of all. So many reasons to rejoice, so many reasons to praise, so much to be thankful for.

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