I feel like I have had five different life times and I’m only 26! Sam and I were reminiscing on different times in our lives over dinner and I swear the older I get the more emotional I am! Thinking back on all of my different memories and all of the people in them gets the water works flowing like crazy! Anyway I’ve decided to start a post series called The Older I Get, and I’ll do a post every so often as I grow up and wisdom is imparted to me and I’ll share it on the blog! Feel free to share the things you have learned in the process of getting older, I’d love to hear it 🙂 Here we go:
The older I get the more I appreciate my parents and the life they gave me, the things they did for me, the sacrifices they made for me, the memories they built, the people they are.
“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. (Colossians 3:20 NIV)”
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3 NIV)
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. (Proverbs 1:8-9 NIV)”
The older I get the more I realize that now is all you are guaranteed. Life is short and your decisions will direct your life.
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12 NIV)”
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15 NIV)”
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV)”
“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. (Psalm 39:4-5 NIV)”
The older I get the more I realize it’s the relationships and people in your life that matter most!
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34 NIV)”
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4 NIV)”
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:10-11 NIV)”
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48 NIV)”
The older I get the more I realize the importance of forgiveness! Because I’m not perfect and I certainly don’t expect perfection from others. We’re all human, we all make mistakes, we all need Jesus.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)”
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. ” (Mark 11:25 NIV)”
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13 NIV)”
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37 NIV)”
The older I get the more I realize the importance of being present. Phones can’t replace the need for true connection. Face to face and heart to heart is how bonds are formed and it’s how they grow.
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42 NIV)
So there you go. Just a little bit of what I have learned in 26 short years. And I know I still have a lot to learn so I’ll have more to post in the future! ❤️