Dear 24-year old Self,
First of all, congratulations! Kudos to you for all the trials that you have endured and the triumphs that that you have celebrated. You, truly, have grown maturely enough under the love, grace and wisdom of the Lord. Looking back to everything that you have been through — heartaches, unaccomplished goals, unexpected circumstances, unguarded moments, bumps and curves — I can’t be any prouder seeing how you have braved them all!
I know that you still have a lot and want to pursue, I am also aware how pressured, at times, you become because you think that you are being left behind by some of your 20-ish friends, I would like to tell you, then, don’t be! Each and every individual has her own time and pacing. Always remember that how you manage yours is different from how they do theirs. Be reminded, my love, that you have a different set of goals and expectations from the people around you. Do you still remember your Word of the Year? Focus. Yes, focus. Keep your eyes on track, my dear. Never ever let life’s humps and hurdles hinder you from what you can and should accomplish. Things may run slow and delays may come along the way, but what’s important is that you keep going, you keep moving.
I also know that as your age increases, your desire of meeting your prince in the Armor of God also does. Don’t worry, my dear, he will come at the time that your King would allow. For now, I would like you to enjoy the season you are in. Have you forgotten one of your life verses? Yes, Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11 says, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens…He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Yes, my dear, everything that’s worth having is definitely worth waiting for! For sure, your King does not want you to settle to something half-baked, He wants you to enjoy the perfectly baked and well-seasoned treat that you have patiently been waiting for. And in return, He does not want to serve you while you aren’t in your best state yet. Three words for you to remember? Trust His time!
Enjoy life, worry less! Travel, mingle with friends, meet new people, eat, share your experiences, impart your knowledge, love, cry over losses, laugh, show your skills, pray. Keep in mind that you cannot turn back time, so make the most out of it. Dwell in God’s presence and enjoy every moment He allows you to be in, have enough wisdom to discern the things He wants you to learn from your experiences.
Lastly, always stay in the Lord’s presence. You’ll never know when hardships or breakthroughs would come, so it’s always best to be prepared by staying grounded in God’s presence. As you age, your priorities also change, so guard your heart and mind through constant communication, deep relationship and maintained commitment with your King. I know the struggles that you have been through and how hard you had fought to win over them. You, truly, are victorious! I know that there are times when you tend to forget your value in God’s eyes, I also know that there are times when you feel like giving up and turning back to your old ways. Well, don’t worry, that’s normal and that happens. What matters most is how you have always gone back to Him and you do that with boldness and grace! You have no idea how I have admired you because of that. My dear, no matter how tough situations may be, remember to always go back to the Lord’s presence and always keep His statutes. Do not allow yourself to get lost in this bittersweet world for your stay here is only temporary.
Always remember that you have been chosen by your King to serve Him and be with Him. You have the privilege to talk to Him, so please do especially when you feel like you don’t want to. You are special and highly favored. You are fearfully and wonderfully made! Stop being anxious about your hopes instead, pray about them and trust your King who is gracious enough and is more than willing to give you His kingdom according to His riches in heaven.
So, do not worry and enjoy the life you have been blessed with!
Loving you sincerely,