A Letter to My Future Self

Dear Future Me,

Whether you read this a day from now or two years from now, I have a few things I want to say.

Don’t forget that what you’ve done, every step you’ve taken through life has been preparing you for more and greater things. Every step has taught you and prepared you and helped you to grow. The things that hurt and the things that healed – they’ve all prepared you for new experiences and prepared you for your walk to eternity. Every step you’ve taken was a direct derivative of your thinking and your heart and your attitude.

You’ve failed a lot but you’ve accomplished a lot more. You’ve grown up, graduated from high school and college, started a (fairly successful) blog, got married, and you moved to a new state all within 23 years. But don’t forget that it wasn’t simply you who got yourself to where you are now – God was on your side. Through the good, the bad, and the worse, God was there because you gave your heart to Him. His Word was there to remind you that He was there and that you needed Him.

Don’t forget that you’re more than you think – that you’re capable of more than you think. Never give yourself the short end of the straw because you can do whatever you set your mind to as long as you trust in God for help.

Remember to love and respect your husband no matter what. Don’t forget about your first date, the day you got engaged, or your wedding, and especially don’t forget the tiny love-defining moments in between. When you have kids, teach them about God and prepare them for the lives they’ll have ahead of them. Remember when you were their age and give them the knowledge they need to move forward with faith – and don’t forget to learn from them, too.

Forget about the past because where you go from here is all that matters now. Re-read your last letter; remember where you were then and be more. What’s happened has happened, whether big or small, and you can make something different of yourself no matter what. If you’ve stumbled, then pick yourself up, say a prayer, and start again. Forget about the things you blamed for your problems, the things that got in your way, and the things that stressed you out. Because you can move forward with grace. You’ve done it before, and you can do it again.

You are more than your mistakes, and you are more than your successes. You are child of God – you’ve had beautiful reminders of that in every season of life.

You probably don’t have a real bucket list; try something new anyway. Put yourself out there. Be what you know deep down that you can be. Go somewhere new, try new foods, experience a new life-joy, pick your instruments back up, write about more. Make new friends, but always keep up with the old ones because they’ve all been there for you. Take advantage of every opportunity God opens for you. Keep searching, keep encouraging, and keep loving.

Walk with faith, walk without fear, and never forget to pray.

All my love,

Elizabeth Anne

 

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