26

I turned 26 this week and thought of this… My friend Genaye wrote a great blog on her 29th birthday reflecting on key things she’s learned in life – things she feels are worth passing on. I loved that. So I’m revamping her brilliant idea with my own simple list of 26 in 26. Enjoy!

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  1. Just fall in love with Jesus. Spend time with him consistently. Even when you don’t feel like it.
  2. Memorize scripture. It’s not really as hard as you might think, and it’s something you definitely won’t regret spending time doing.
  3. Find a personal sense of style. Don’t be swept away by the trends. Design, wear, decorate with what you love deep down.
  4. And speaking of design… do lots of that. Create. Push yourself. Keep finding inspirations and create new things constantly.
  5. Think about the things that fill your time. Be intentional about what you spend your time doing. Do what counts and be fully invested when you’re there.
  6. Set the phone aside when you’re with people. Be with them in the moment. They are what you will remember later.
  7. Keep learning. Read constantly. Take it all back to the Word. It will help keep your head on straight and help you form better ideas.
  8. Seek wisdom. Pray for it. It will keep your mouth shut when you need to, and give you words when appropriate.
  9. Travel. Learn about other cultures. They will make you a better, more rounded person in the very best of ways.
  10. Find accountability. Prayer partners, friends, mentors – people who are there to keep you in line and remind you of what’s important.
  11. Commit to a church family. You’re not a lone-ranger, Christian. You need people – and the church is meant for more than just your benefit. It’s a place to serve, not a place where you agree with everything said.
  12. Do something different. Don’t be afraid to be different, push the boundaries and figure out what is really right, not just what is ‘normal.’
  13. Drink coffee. It will make life happier and more connected. (It’s kind of a universal bond :) .)
  14. Don’t be afraid to love. Life will seem like a constant letting go, but it is full when you are free to love deeply.
  15. Extend grace. People will love you for it – but more than that, it reflects Jesus in you. Learn that from others, and apply it.
  16. Start something new. Ethnic prayer nights, a prayer group, weekly breakfast with your sisters. They are simple. They are powerful.
  17. Create art. Take the time and make beautiful things and feel alive. Do art that you’re not good at too… because its not about the end result as much as the creative process.
  18. Listen to those wiser than you. Read their works, go have dinner with them and take in their experiences. You’ll be better for having gleaned from them.
  19. Be silly. It’s OK, and life needs to have light moments.
  20. Work hard. You will never regret having given your best.
  21. Don’t seek your own accolades. “Work not for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed. Just make your absence felt.”
  22. Make family a priority. They are the people that will be your anchor, and you theirs. And these are the most precious relationships.
  23. Get a dog. They love and love all the time. And it’s good to be reminded that something loves you no matter what :)
  24. Let yourself cry on the behalf of the hurting. Feeling pain helps life have more purpose, especially when its acknowledging the vulnerable. I think it’s some of what gives us ultimate purpose.
  25. Cook. When you’ve got the chance and the resources, enjoy good food. It will just make you happy to experience new things.
  26. Above all, just let life come. Trust in your Maker, and know that He is in control.

What about you? What are things you’ve learned in your years of experience? I’d love to hear some of your thoughts…

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