28 years ago today I came into this world. In honor of my mother’s agony and my waning 20’s, here are 28 things I’ve learned in my 20’s:
1. People, for the most part, have lots of baggage. And what’s funny is that most people walk around thinking their situation is unique or unusual. But we’re all in the same boat.
2. Enthusiasm wins. In all situations.
3. The American church teaches empty moralism for the most part. And that is not the Gospel.
4. Your job consumes most of your life. Choose wisely.
5. Mexicans make the best food. End of story.
6. Getting married won’t make you happy and it won’t fix your problems.
7. Staying single doesn’t fix anything either.
8. Speaking of marriage…it seems to me (from the outside looking in) that without lots of forgiveness and the putting of the other person first, your marriage is doomed.
9. Most Americans either are clueless or careless to the atrocities and misery that happen in the rest of the world. This is a tragedy.
10. Capitalism works. It’s not perfect, but it works.
11. Turtlenecks were a horrible creation and I’m ashamed I ever wore one.
12. Theology is important. Very important. Theological arguments over non-essential issues are stupid.
13. Most Christians don’t really understand grace or its implications (see also #3).
14. I think playing high school sports is the peak of pure fun.
15. People who love people are the most powerful people in the world.
16. The number 1 thing holding most people back is their dislike for reading.
17. You only have a hand-full of truly good friends in this life.
18. In general, people live unintentional lives–coasting and reacting to whatever happens around them. This is a recipe for mediocrity.
19. There are things I’m just not good at and the sooner I can accept that fact, the better.
20. Humility is a lifelong battle.
21. 90% of people are absolutely dominated by their insecurities.
22. Saved by the Bell? Still a great show.
23. Cultivate perseverance. You’ll need it someday.
24. Learning isn’t confined to your schooling. It is a daily pursuit.
25. God made people VERY different. If we stop trying to make people think and act like we do, 50% of our relational frustrations will disappear.
26. College was awesome. Why didn’t I stay longer???
27. I don’t have it all figured out–about 20% at best.
28. I’m the most blessed person in the world.