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A Message to the Older Me

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Have you ever questioned where you will be in ten, twenty, or forty years? Have you ever wondered who will still gather around you? Do you want to finish well?

Truthfully, I do not want to know the future. However, it would be awesome to give a message to the older version of me.

What would you tell your future you?

Today, I share statements to the future me. I have acquired these thoughts over the 54 years of living on this planet earth. A few points I’ve heard along the way, others are my mine. All are truths I want in life.

Here are six messages for the older me:

1. It is important to remember that no matter your age, 29 or 99, if you are still here on this earth, God is not finished with you yet. As my good friend, Marilyn Osborn, once said, While on earth, you are still in the middle of your story.” So dear older self, don’t be tempted to zone out, to coast, or to get lazy. God has something planned just for you. Stay busy sharing, serving, loving, teaching, and working. Continue in your God-given assignment. Maybe, the energy level will be a little different. If so, be deliberate, rest hard when it is time to rest. Work hard when it is time to work, but never forget that you are still in the middle of your story.

2. Forgive those who have hurt you. You have lived long enough to know of hurt. The pain will be your opportunity to learn to forgive. Don’t miss this lesson, for if you do not forgive, bitterness will dig into your soul. When you bump into hurt, choose to forgive. Choose to become better, not bitter, by forgiving those who have hurt you.

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 (ESV)

3. You are never too old to go for your dreams. Most death-bed regrets are the dreams not chased. Be bold; go for the God-given dream within you.

I am 54 years old, and last week I spoke at my first city-wide event with five other amazing guest speakers. I placed myself in alignment with His assignment. I stepped into something bigger than myself. I was excited and nervous, all at the same time. God showed up, lives were touched, there was freedom found, and I believe we will be forever changed. Place your self in alignment with His assignment.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

4. Hold those you love, dearly. Love your tribe deeply. Stop everything when the grandkids call to invite you to something. Spend time with your parents, for you will not have them forever on this earth. Enjoy the friends around you. Notice every baby and LOVE THEM DEEPLY. Love your tribe deeply.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

5. Replace a worrisome panic with a warrior’s prayer. They say to live without regrets. However, one regret I genuinely have, is I wish I would have watched less tv and prayed more. Not that there is anything wrong with a good clean show, but I wish I could have those wasted hours back. Choose to be productive through a powerful prayer life instead.

Prayer can change your everything. Prayer can save, protect, guide your loved ones. Prayer allows you to know the Father on a more intimate level. “Spend time with your Savior. A new favorite worship song for me is “This is how I fight my battles,” by Upperoom. Click Here to hear.

6. Remember, it is not about you, sweetheart, it is all about HIM.

Dear older Me, sometimes, it is hard to remember that this life is not my own. It is all about Him. He is to be magnified. His will be done. He is to be glorified, not myself. Others need to know of His rescue plan. Remember, sweetheart; it is all about Him.

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of your time!

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