Something has been weighing HEAVILY on my heart, something I think a lot of people need to hear (read). If you’re saved by grace, striving to live your life for the Lord and in your 20s, this is for you…
I’m certain you’ve seen the MANY articles and blog posts about what you’re supposed to do in your 20s. If you haven’t, just Google it. I’m also sure that if you’re not living your life the way these articles and posts suggest you should, someone has probably said something to you about it (I’ve had quite a few people say something to me) or maybe you’ve even felt some guilt for not having the same mindset. The common theme of all these posts is that your 20s is a time for you to be selfish and wild. I’ve thought and prayed LONG AND HARD on this. We’re all selfish by nature and all sin daily, but I’m here to tell you, as a daughter of the Father and sister in Christ, that we are NEVER called to be selfish and/or wild. Not once in the Bible does it say “And in your 20th year of life, until your 30th, go and be selfish,” or ever talk about how you should party and travel the world “while you can.” We are called over and over to live a life that glorifies the Lord and to be selfless, in all ages and stages of life.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit…” Philippians 2:3
For those of you who don’t know me well, let me give you a quick bio. I have two jobs and work A LOT. My biggest passion is helping people in any way that I can, whether it be planning their wedding or praying over them. My free time is generally spent loving on my family, my man, his family, and more specifically his niece who is two. Did I mention that I’m 23? My favorite thing to do is spend time with a two-year-old who isn’t even related to me. I would rather be playing “horsey” and singing nursery rhymes to her than going out and partying. You may think I’m absolutely out of my mind because according to these posts, I “should be” out with my friends instead of cleaning up after a two-year-old with food poisoning or traveling the world “while I can.” It’s ok with me if you don’t approve of this because I consider it an honor and joy that I get to love this little one, despite the fact that the world is telling me I’m crazy.
It’s my calling to pour into the people around me — at work, on an airplane, at the grocery store, my family and friends. Why? One time, when I was interning at Disney World in Florida, I was SO discouraged because I was serving popcorn and corn dogs (something I could have done much closer to the people I love). One of my dearest friends reminded me that the Lord didn’t place me there to serve food, but to be a light to the people around me. That was a HUGE wake-up call for me and has stuck with me ever since. The Lord has strategically placed each person in my life, has planned their footsteps to cross mine. Isn’t that awesome? The guy making your sandwich? The Lord handpicked to cross your path. The lady that checked you out at the grocery store? The Lord HANDPICKED to cross YOUR path. I believe these opportunities are just that; an opportunity, to let your light shine so that others may see your good deeds and give glory to the Father.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
I guarantee your circumstances are different from mine, meaning your way of loving those around you and living a life that glorifies the Lord is different from the way I choose to do so. You may be called to a life of travel, or to a life of serving in your community, or to teaching, accounting, or being a stay-at-home parent in your 20s. Regardless, what the Lord has planned for this decade of life is different than what He has planned for mine. The Lord has called me to selflessly love those around me, not be selfish because I’m in my 20s.
So here’s to the 20-somethings that are choosing and striving to live selflessly to be more like our Heavenly Father; to the 20-somethings that are using this time to act out their calling and not the calling of the world. God is worthy of your trust, love and life. My challenge for you is that you will re-evaluate the goal for these years of your life. Get in the word and get after the Lord. Be blessed and be a blessing to the people who know you.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:3-8
You are loved,