The above music video entitled Dear Younger Me is performed by the Christian artist group MercyMe. In the video, the artist sings about writing a letter to his younger self. This contemporary Christian song is one of my favorites in the last several months. I have been thinking about the letter that I would write to my younger self. I am wondering whether there are others out there who may ponder the same about themselves.
What would I say to my younger self? What would you say to your younger self?
This particular artist begins his letter in the song lyrics like this... "Dear Younger Me...Where do I start...If I could tell you everything that I have learned so far...Then, you could be...One step ahead...Of all the painful memories still running through my head...I wonder how much different things would be...Dear Younger Me..."
Those lyrics are probably the way many of us would start a similar letter to our younger selves. We may not know exactly the way to begin the letter, but there would be a lot to include in it. Perhaps, we could have spared our younger selves a lot of unnecessary heartache, pain, regret, hardships, challenges, trials, and more. That is, if we could go back in time and share that much gained knowledge, wisdom, discernment, clarity, and more with our younger selves.
Would we do anything differently with all of that gained knowledge, wisdom, insight, experience? I definitely would do some things in a different way---a better way. For one, I would tell my younger self to daily read the Bible---God's word.
I have learned since then that an unrenewed mind hinders us in life. There were many years where I was not renewing my mind on God's word---His truth (See Romans 12:2). As a result, I really didn't know my specific purpose in God's plan nor that it was a good plan for me. Only as I disciplined myself to read and study His word did I not only came to personally know my Father in a more intimate way but also the plans He had for me---plans to give me a hope and a future (See Jeremiah 29:11).
How about you? What have you learned? What would you do differently?
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