Ok, so this will be the last time I’ll even hint that I just turned 50, but I just wanted to share a list of what I’ve learned over the years…not perfectly or completely, but God is good, and He has shown me these principles and virtues in one way or another along the way. (Apparently admitting that I’m middle aged is not one of them!)
50 things I learned in 50 years
- God’s mercy is new every day.
- Never pass up a good opportunity to keep your mouth shut.
- There’s a good reason for hardships, even if we don’t see it right away.
- Of relationships: Humility and forgiveness go a long way.
- Listen to the still, small voice inside you. It’s called your conscience.
- We are just here for a little while…Time is fleeting. Use it for eternal purpose.
- You can tell a lot about someone by who they say is their hero
- You may not think God is listening, but you always find out that He is.
- Life is not fair or easy
- Being in God’s will is peaceful and progressive
- God can change your plans at any time
- Peace is often a good measure of answered prayer
- Looking back, I can see how God has worked in my life to steer me towards His will
- Time alone with God is rich
- Everything, even our mistakes work together for the good
- Work as unto the Lord
- You can make a living, but it isn’t your life
- God uses a few people to do the greatest things
- Joy in the Lord is the fullest kind of joy
- I don’t deserve God’s grace but He gives it anyway
- Don’t expect from others what only God can give
- Finish a job you started
- God shows his mercy in the uneventful ways
- Slow down
- Creativity is a gift from God
- Those you never expect to show up will show up
- Say you’re sorry
- Solitude is underrated
- There’s nothing like discovering wisdom in God’s word
- God’s discipline tells us that we are His
- The less time I have to work with, the more I get done
- I’m not as righteous as I think I am
- God is kinder than I think He is
- I think I can do it on my own until I can’t
- Think carefully of the motives of anything done in the name of happiness
- Health is taken for granted until it’s lost
- When you are angry, pray before act. The outcome will be different.
- It’s better to woo and persuade in kindness than force with anger.
- Ask the right questions.
- If you look for an opportunity to share your faith, God will give it
- Sometimes the consequences are waived
- Humility defuses envy
- God has not called me to fit in
- Never stop doing your best just because someone didn’t give you credit
- One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is the willingness to listen
- Take mental snapshots. They are moments in time that won’t ever go away.
- I have less time than I thought
- I shouldn’t have made it this far
- I wish I’d known then what I know now
- I have a lot more to learn
There’s a story or two that I could share about each one, but then who doesn’t have their own list?
We’ve all had our battles and the scars to show for them, but with each we carry away the priceless bounty of new faith and insight we may not have gained any other way. Am I right?
As believers, I realize that He also teaches in His patience and kindness, in answered prayer that we don’t deserve, and in His rich fellowship as we walk in obedience with Him. Most of all, He teaches us clearly in His Word, which we can all look to in order to address any life circumstance and know Him more deeply.
As long as we live and breathe, we know that God isn’t finished with us yet. He has barely started with me, a work in progress.
What are some of your hard-learned lessons?
Can you relate to any I’ve listed?
How did you come to learn them?
What’s your greatest challenge in the Christian life?
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)