From my perspective, being 24 is the part of my life where I slowly try to establish myself and my life towards where I want to be in the coming years.
And of course, that’s something that I am trying hard every single day to do and accomplish. It’s not easy, not at all. Not to me and not to anyone. I have turned 24 last December of 2020. And for the past 24 years, I would be honest when I say that there’s still so much more in my life I have yet to learn.
For the most part, I’m excited to take each day in hopes that it would grant me new lessons, new discoveries, and new perspective. But as of this moment, let me share five out of the few things I have learned so far in this simple life of mine as a 24 year-old Christian.
1: To choose my battles with faith.
Growing up, there were battles that I’ve went through alone that have really challenged my faith. My mental health was at stake for most times, and I have kept everything by myself. To be honest, keeping my personal issues away from everything and everyone has helped me developed a sense of independency and maturity. I know that many would disagree when it comes to keeping your problems all to yourself instead of sharing them to people who you trust. But as for me, it was different.
I do have best friends who knew many things I go through, as well as with my family. Although maybe, as an introvert, there are things that I know is best kept within my invisible walls of solitude. I learned how to manage my battles when I keep them away from everyone and learned that I find it most comfortable to write it down or talk it out in prayers to God.
In Philippians 4:6, it is said that, “Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything“.
Of course, as a human being, there will be moments when you cannot stop worrying, and it’s normal. Problems will come and come, sometimes they do go too. I am a worrier like most of us. But then again, when these times come, I come running for comfort towards praying. Let go and let God. Nothing in our lives happen without a reason and without a purpose. Nothing will make sense at first, but as we hold on through faith and believe that our God is a mighty God who’s bigger than our adversaries, we will be able to find comfort on that.
2: It’s okay to fall short and mess up.
What’s best way to learn than to make mistakes, right? I won’t be able to count how many times I have messed up in the 24 years of life. Many of these mistakes I do regret, but all of them I thank God for making me go through. Most of the things I do now with grace is because I have once go through them with such ignorance and messiness. Do not be afraid to fall short and do badly in some aspects of life. People who love us will come to support and guide us in our trying times. Especially, God will be there to accept us despite our flaws and shortcomings.
Moreover, God sees us not through our mistakes, but through our hearts. We come to Him as we are, and He will accept us and cleanse us through his grace and mercy.
“Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus“. – Romans 8:1 NIV
3: Choosing self-love over other people’s validation.
Ever since the age of internet has evolved, I myself do have social media accounts that I signed up for to share bits and pieces of my life to the world. Well, this blogsite of mine is one of them. Here I write many of my thoughts, and some of my curiosities in life to share with people who I think would relate to. Aside from my site, I do have ones like Facebook, Instagram, and all other applications that has really become our everyday go-to places to waste time on.
It is a fact that sometimes, we do seek validation from people on social media with the things we post. It could affect how we look at ourselves when we realize how much people do care about us by the likes, the shares, the comments, the compliments, and whatnots that we receive through social media posts. On the surface of things, it would seem like these numbers do define our significance as a person. But social media, for me, is a really shallow way to prove one’s worth.
This is one of the most important learnings in my life that’s why I decided to put it here. That we should not seek validation through how people react on what we choose to share on social media. I’ve been sharing less and less on my social accounts as time passes. It is because I have preferred to use these apps to just gather important news around me instead of a place to update my life to. I would be honest that my Facebook page do accumulate positive reactions from many people whenever I post my digital art creations and few life photos that I am willing to share, but I know that beyond those admirations, what God thinks about me and what I do is what matters most.
1 Corinthians 7:23, NIV: “You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.”
We are far more precious than what others sees and thinks of us. Each of us is a special creation of God that has brought in here to walk life with purpose and faith. We must not conform through the lies of the worldly things, and instead focus on what God created us for.
4: God loves a cheerful giver.
I would not be able to expound how I feel whenever I read these words. “God loves a cheerful giver“. I have read this sentence/verse for the first time on a Christian book back on my teenage years, and I was quite taken aback because I do realize the truth of this. Growing up, I wasn’t the most generous (but I do have my moments, don’t get me wrong). One main reason is that my family do not have a lot to share. But I eventually find myself giving when circumstances do approach. I find it personally and spiritually fulfilling to share my blessings to others especially when it results to smiles on their faces. Simple thanks would suffice to me, and I feel like I have made someone’s day just because of my simple gesture of giving.
“Give from the heart, for God loves a cheerful giver!” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
Even as of now that I have a job and do earn from what I do for a living, I do share when I find the opportunity. I also don’t tend to reveal this practice to the world, simply because I share not to brag, but to solely help out those in need. Although it is not really wrong to disclose donations if it means to spread the word so maybe others could help out as well. At the end of the day, living our lives should mean to being able to help out one another at times that we can, and especially at times that we have power to do so.
5: Love your family. They are the most important treasure you have in this life.
Each of us are born for a reason which God brought into us the moment we arrive as members of each of our families. And no family is ever perfect. We all have our shortcomings– of which should create a stronger foundation of love to nourish. It is evident in my family, and it is also true to everyone.
But at the end of each days, we will always come running back to the family that have accepted and loved us, be it blood-related or not. No man is an island, that’s what they say. And that is a fact. To stand up alone in this world will lead nothing but to series of failures. We do know, deep inside of ourselves, that we indeed need people to stand behind us when things go out of the way.
Luke 12:34: For where your treasure is, there will be your heart is also.
I sincerely do hope that with these things I have shared today, there may be one person who have been able to read this up to here that would be enlightened somehow– in one way or another. Now, we may be teenagers, young adults, adults, or elders, but still, all of us are just human beings who do fall short, but also do love. There are endless things to learn everyday as long as we are granted to live another day by the Lord.
And as long as we keep faith and do things according to His words, will, and purpose, we will be able to live a prosperous life through God’s steadfast love.