HALFWAY TO HALFWAY: TURNING 25

I have to admit, I love birthdays. How fun to celebrate the beauty of life! My family always makes a big deal about birthdays, so I always try to make birthdays fun for those that I love. This year is extra special because it marks 25 years! I am so happy to be getting older, learning lessons (even the harder ones), and growing.

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Over the last 25 years, there are plenty of things that I would do differently if I could and things that I regret. But today, I want to focus on the things that I am glad I did and things that I believe make my life so perfectly messy.

Here are a few things I wouldn't do differently:

1. APOLOGIZING

I have made plenty of mistakes, and that's something I can't change. But I am grateful for the ability to sincerely say sorry and rebuild bridges. 

"‘As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’"
John 20:21-23

 

2. LISTENING 

I may not always be a good listener, but I have learned over the years that listening is incredibly underrated. 

"We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say."
Zeno of Citium

 

3. VOLUNTEERING

There is nothing more rewarding and uplifting than giving and sharing what you have been blessed with. Talents, love, and time are all so valuable to those that have nothing. I hope to work on volunteering in year 25. 

"Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to."
Deuteronomy 15:10 

 

4. HONESTY

I have always struggled with communicating my feelings honestly and adequately. In my relationships, I have grown (exponentially) in being communicative and honest and it has helped changed the way I interact with the ones that I love. 

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15