I turned 20 back in June and had a mini panic attack.
I was twenty.
Seems like yesterday I was taking my Razor scooter to the bus stop, counting down the hours left at school because I couldn’t wait to play with my Skip-It or log back on Webkinz.
Now, I’m twenty. I’m a 20-something year old now. I used to think at this point I would know what I was doing with my life, but I don’t… and that is okay. Being 20-something is fun, freeing and also sometimes hard. Each morning I want to remind myself to remember these things…
  1. Ice cream, good friends and Taylor Swift are always a fantastic choice. Having a bad day? Going through heartbreak? Well, if ice cream and Taylor Swift can’t help you, I don’t know what can. By the time you are in your 20s you have learned to appreciate the simple fulfillment you get from listening to heartfelt songs and eating some good ole ice cream with people who care about you.

  2. Who you are friends with effects your happiness and your choices. By the time you are twenty-something you have had some friends come, and some friends go. Never forget to surround yourself with people who make you be the best version of yourself. Surround yourself with people who celebrate your small victories and cry with you during your trials. Surround yourself with people who point you to your eternal Father.

  3. It is more important that you find a job where you feel purposeful, than finding a job that pays big bucks.  Find a passion, and find a way to make it work in your everyday. Chase your passion, not money. Money will fade, but the fruits of your labor are eternal.

  4. You are beautiful not because of who you are, but because of whose you are. Your beauty comes from your identity in your perfect Father. Stop finding your worth in what guys may or may not think of you. Stop focusing solely on getting a six-pack and forgetting to thank your Father, whose mercies are new each morning.

  5. Stop searching for science to explain God. Science doesn’t have all the answers and you will never have all the answers. Have faith. Look at a waterfall, sunrise and mountain top and try to tell me that that masterpiece has no artist. Look down at your thumb, stare at the thumbprint you have, and attempt to fathom the fact that you are the only one who has that exact print. There is a creator and Savior in this world.

  6. You find your worth when you realize you are not worthy. You are not worthy of God’s grace. You do not deserve a perfect man to be painfully stabbed and hung so that you may receive forgiveness for your mistakes. But like Relient K said, “the beauty of grace is it makes like not fair”.

  7. Even Justin Timberlake has awkward old photos. Remember this:                                                                                     Embrace your old Facebook pictures that haunt you. Embrace your past mistakes in general. Your past may sometimes be embarrassing, but it has made you who you are today–and that is beautiful.

  8. Justin Timberlake is also beautiful. 

  9. So is Troy Bolton Zac Efron. Let’s face it, your crushes at 12 are still your crushes today. And there is nothing wrong with that.

  10. Slow down. The present is beautiful. Enjoy where you are now, and stop worrying about the future.

  11. Your metabolism isn’t what it used to be. That is okay and part of life. You don’t have the same body you had at 15. Stop focusing on the number on the scale and focus on how you treat your body.

  12. People aren’t always going to like you. I once heard the quote “you can be the tastiest orange in all the world but there will always be someone who hates oranges.” You can’t help it that your personality won’t always be liked by others, but never change to please anyone. Be yourself and who God created you to be.

  13. Don’t settle. Don’t settle with the unhappy relationship or unfulfilling career. Chase joy.

  14. Wake up eager. Wake up eager to serve your eternal Father and to praise Him each morning.

  15. You are no mistake. You are here for a reason. Don’t doubt your existence ever.

  16. Nothing turns people away more from God than people who claim to be Christians. When you love the Lord, you live with the Holy Spirit in your heart. Don’t judge. Don’t be mean. Don’t act better than anyone else. The gospel is about our unworthiness. Clothe yourself with compassion. Make sure your speech contains love. And when you do, people will see Christ and want Him in their heart.

  17. There are fruits to your labor. It is easy to just see your labor when serving, but never forget your labor has a higher purpose. You are making a difference when you serve.

  18. Joy is contagious. Live with joy. And then others will be joyful. This reminder would solve a lot of our world’s problems if all our nations leaders could live joyfully.

  19. Let your hair down every once in a while. Metaphorically and literally. Stop doing the messy bun everyday and stop being so scared of dancing like a fool and doing something spontaneous. Live life.

  20. Living life to the fullest means living life with the One who breathed life into you. The craziest and coolest thing you can do is live life with the Holy Spirit. Dance with God, follow His lead, and let Him guide you to make a beautiful melody in your everyday.
To the 20-somethings reading this— never let the distractions of the world make your forget about your purpose. You are here for a reason, and serve an awesome God. Let Him be a part of your everyday. It isn’t too late to run to Him, and you will never be able to thank Him enough. Eat fresh fruit, belt out Taylor Swift, but never forget your purpose is far greater than waiting for your next payday. It is okay to not know where you are going when you are 20-something, but just never forget who you are following.
Find your strength in the Lord and all the trials and worries of being 20-something won’t matter.

“Even young men faint and grow weary, and youths stumble and fall, those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings;
They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” Isaiah 40: 30-31

Written by Grace Valentine

I love Jesus, diet coke and sunflowers. I wish I lived in the mountains, but love the two states I call home--Louisiana and Texas. I can watch Criminal Minds all day and dream of one day owning an ice cream truck for fun. However, my main goal in life is that more girls will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.


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