3 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was In My Teens and 20s
I wouldn’t rush or wish my life away.
- When I was a freshman in high school, I wanted to be a senior.
- When I was a freshman in college, I wanted to be senior.
- When I was a rookie in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, I wanted to be a 10-year NFL veteran.
True life, a life worth living, is being present in every circumstance. Like the singer, Junior, said in a popular 1980s song, “Momma used to say, ‘Take your time young man, don’t rush to get old. Live your life.’ ”
I wouldn’t be so arrogant.
- I was clueless about life! And I was clueless about that too!
- God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. Shut up and listen.
- As a great football player, I felt entitled. And I was narcissistic.
God loves us so much, He will orchestrate life in such a way that the arrogance will get beat out of us by people, circumstances, and pain. Thank you, Jesus, for beating that arrogance out of me.
I would’ve appreciated people more.
- In my teens and early 20s, I saw people for what they could do for me.
- I conditionally appreciated people. “If you do this for me, I will do that for you.”
I saw people as a way to reach my goals. I used them and they used me. By God’s grace, I now see people as valuable because Jesus died for them. They are valuable to Him; therefore, they are valuable to me. Now, I exist to train and inspire people to glorify God by coaching (pastoring) them to release their God-given potential in this world.
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