Letter to Yourself

IMG_20140726_124121465Trailmen, I read a blog post today that was very interesting and might prove to be a good personal growth exercise.

The original blog post is titled “A letter to my 22 year old self” and can be viewed at this link:

http://geoffwhitten.com/2014/09/05/a-letter-to-my-22-year-old-self/

In this posting, the author pens a letter to describe to his younger self where he’ll end up in a matter of years, and to provide advice and guidance on navigating the trail ahead with hope and stronger preparation.

His advice starts simply enough – “I want you to do four things: Serve. Learn. Read. Grow.”  Next he elaborates on each point with specifics.  It’s an interesting article and you may want to read it through for yourself.

I’d like to encourage readers to:

  1. consider a time in their life’s past when they were confronted by a monster decision, a scary situation, the loss of a loved one or some other personal setback
  2. think about the advice you’d give yourself if you had the opportunity to send a letter back in time (to help prepare for the event or cope with it’s aftermath)
  3. go ahead and actually write the letter!
  4. think about what you might have done differently had you received the letter back then…would you have acted on it, and what might have gone differently in your life if you had acted on the advice?
  5. think about receiving a letter from yourself, but from ten years from today’s date — what would the advice sound like? Do you think it would be similar or different?
  6. Try actually writing a letter from yourself, looking backwards from 2024!
  7. What will you do differently today, tomorrow, next week based on these thoughts/suggestions?

Encouragement:

  • James 1:2-4 (NASB) Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
  • Psalm 55:22 (NASB) Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
  • James 1:21-25 (NASB) Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
  • Proverbs 2:6-8 (NASB) For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
  • Ephesians 5:1-2; 15-17 (NASB) Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Walk Worthy, and do a good deed daily!

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