Thirty things I have learned at 30
By, Norma Renteria
Today is November 13, 2013, and it is my birthday. I am now 30 years young. My twenties were quite an adventure. I’ve learned and grown so much, practically and spiritually. God has revealed so much to me, bringing things to light in my life that I never realized before. I took some time to sit down, and reflect on some things I have learned in life thus far. I pray this encourages you.
1. LIVE-LAUGH-LOVE-Live life like it’s your last day, Laugh so hard you pee your pants, and Love as Christ has loved you.
2. I cannot “do it all.” Let your “Yes be YES, and your No be NO.” ~James 5:12 Do not overwhelm yourself with commitments you can’t keep. Be a person of your word, integrity.
3. People cannot read your mind, so share from the heart. Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes. BAM.
4. Always give your full attention to whomever is in front of you. Look at people in the eyes when you are talking to them. Put your cell phone away, its rude to be glued to your phone in the company of others (I’m still learning this).
5. Ignore the small stuff. Give them a break. Sometimes, it’s the little things built up to cause disaster. This is has been especially difficult for OCD people such as myself.
6. Do your best. “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord.” ~Colossians 3:23. Show up; Give 100% of what you can give that day.
7. Be a Risk-Taker. Be brave and take risks. You will not regret the things you did, but those you did not do.
8. Finding your passion is important. My passion is Loving God and Loving People. Strive to please God. ~Nursing-Family~ Live to Love.
9. Relationships matter. I’ve learned not to isolate myself. Stay connected, through the good times and bad.
10. The past does not equal the future. “A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.” You can’t change the past, so it’s important to focus on the present. Your Past Does Not Dictate Your Future.
11. It’s OK to wait. We don’t need to hurry. Sometimes it’s okay to wait a little longer for something. Enjoy the journey. God’s Timing is always perfect.
12. Don’t believe everything you think and feel. Don’t over think. The enemy will sometimes distort things, causing you to feel contrary to what you stand for and believe. Pray and ask God for clarity.
13. There is a definition of love. Here it is: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.”
14. Change is good. Change is an uncomfortable thing because we are creatures of habit and comfort. “How will you ever discover new waters, if you’re afraid to leave the dock.” So if you’re too comfortable it means you’re not growing. Change=Growth
15. Be transparent. You can’t grow and get help if you’re not honest with yourself and others. Concealing your reality stunts growth and prevents true change. Every meaningful relationship requires transparency and openness.
16. Don’t let anyone or anything define you. My identity is in Christ. I’m nothing in myself, but I’m grateful that I know who I am in Him!
17. TRUE BEAUTY: God loves me the way I am! I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...“the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight”, 1 Peter 3:4.
18. Who ever said, “you can have it all”… You can’t have everything without sacrificing something. So figure out what means the most to you and then prioritize.
19. Live a life serving others. Take the focus off of yourself and find out what you can do for someone else on a daily basis. That is True Joy!
20. Travel, NOW! God has created such beautiful world we live in! It would be a shame for us not to embrace His goodness. Save $, Travel, and Explore! Bon Voyage!
21. Learn from your mistakes. Don’t keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. Albert Einstein defined this as insanity. Enough said.
22. Have a teachable spirit. Allow loved ones to correct you and tell you about yourself. Correction doesn’t feel good, but it is necessary for growth.
23. Don’t stress, don’t be anxious, and don’t worry. “Don’t worry about a thing, ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right” (in my Bob Marley voice).
24. Don’t complain. Instead, give Praise and give Thanks! I used to complain a lot, until I learned that the root of complaining was selfishness and ungratefulness. Ouch.
25. There is beauty in simplicity. Less is more! It teaches you to appreciate every little thing! Sometimes, the simplest things in life have greater value. Enjoy the simple things in life.
26. Do not make big decisions (or write important emails/texts) after 10pm. This may not be the wisest choice. Sleeping on it is always a good idea.
27. God’s not dead, He is surely alive. His spirit is living in me! My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and I must treat it with the highest utmost respect.
28. Forgive, period.
29. Eat when you are hungry and sleep when you are sleepy. Lack of both of those is no bueno. It leads to a moody, rude, and ignorant person. Trust me I know (I’m referring to myself).
30. I am so ready for my thirties! I’ve loved most of my 20s, but am really looking forward to this new decade. So bring it on, 30s!
The Best is Yet to Come!