Tuesday, February 10

5 Lessons I've Learned by my 30th Birthday


I celebrated my 30th birthday this past weekend, and I am overcome with such emotion. Aside from feeling so loved, I have a sense of clarity and peace about my life, where God is taking me, and some of the lessons I've learned (and am learning) along the way. Not that I wasn't one before, but turning 30 means (in my head at least) that I'm officially an adult now. It's time to reflect on some of the lessons I've learned so far, and really apply them to living my best life.


Seek God First

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

Growing up, I heard this verse repeatedly,. But at one point in my life I had to ask: What does it really mean to seek God’s kingdom first? One word answer: Prioritize.
His commandments, His will, His love, His plan should all be the center of what we are and desire to be. Everything else finds its position in our lives as a result. To take it further, I also literally seek God first daily by beginning my mornings with prayer and studying my bible.

Invest in Yourself

You are your most valuable asset (sounds like a cliché motivational meme, right?!). As cheesy as it sounds, it's true. Learning should be a lifelong process, and you must to invest in yourself financially, physically, mentally and emotionally in order to continue to grow and reach your goals. To invest means that you take yourself and your goals seriously, and you are committing to your goals by putting your money/time/effort where your mouth is.

Learn to Say No

This has been easier said than done, because I am a very accomodating person, and at times think that I must say yes to make or keep people happy, but often times end up regretting my decision or resenting the person who asked. I've discovered that if I can't, or sometimes just don't want to do something, it isn't the end of the world if I say 'no', and I'm not cruel if my lips form a response that you didn't want to hear. I can politely bow out and still be an awesome person.

Respond Appropriately

It’s not what happens that matters but how you react (to what happens) that matters. I finally believe that to be true. So much of the way we respond to things that happen in our lives can influence the way we perceive the world, and how we experience it.

Enjoy

Simple, right? Not really.  It is rare that I sit back and enjoy even the littlest pleasures. I'm going to start.