Dear Younger ME,
I was riding in my car and listening to Christian music as usual and the song “Dear Younger Me” by MercyMe came on (https://youtu.be/An-Im0LL0XU?list=RDAn-Im0LL0XU) . I started to think to myself what would I tell my younger me? Do I give her a big speech on how to live life more productively? Would I tell myself not to do the things I did, to make different choices, to go different places? I would definitely tell myself to make better grades. But as the song played and I heard the lyrics “it wasn’t your fault and you were not suppose to carry this beyond the cross.”
Psalm 68:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
I just burst into tears (as I am teary eyed writing this).
I think now I would maybe say things like, “It will not always be this way, it will get better, you will survive. Give yourself a pat on the back now and then, you are a good person. You will find grace, and mercy, and a life that has happiness and joy.
Psalm 86:4 Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you. … Bring joy to
Your servant’s life, because I turn to You, Lord.
And it is not your fault, and you are smart; not stupid, you are beautiful; not ugly. You have worth, and there is someone who thinks you are worth it all, you are worth dying for. You are special and unique.” I would tell her she doesn’t have to worry because the Lord will fight her battles for her (all you have to do ask Him). Someday you will achieve the things people said you never would.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
When bad memories come flooding your mind, just start praising the Lord and He will come and give you back what Satan has robbed from you.
Mark 8:33 But turning round and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter. “Get behind me,
Satan,” He said, “for your thoughts are not God’s thoughts,
(Don’t you love scriptures that give promise!)
I know I would say “I am sorry, and I wish it would have been easier.”
I have learned so much over the years, I am not sure how much I would tell her to change. I wouldn’t be who I am today if she changed very much. I know one thing: I wouldn’t have found Jesus when I did, if I hadn’t been in a time where I was so in need of Him.
But my next thought was, “I was so stubborn…would my younger me even listen?” Probably not! And I would thankfully still become this person, that I have to come to like.
So you know what, younger me? As the song says, “You are holy, you are righteous and you are free.” Each thing you went through brought you to redemption; just follow Jesus and make it easier on yourself. Use Him as your refuge, your strong tower.
Job 11:4 You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in your sight.’
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
Proverbs 18:10 … The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
Oh yea, someday you will be so thankful for those days when you could eat cheese sticks everyday and not gain any weight! Just sayin! And that boy, you think your in love with, well guess what he ain’t the ONE, he will give you beautiful children, but that is all.
So what would you tell your younger you?
https://youtu.be/HZ7EyPTOltw MercyMe – Flawless (with Lyrics)
It will be okay,