25: LESSONS IN THE “MILESTONE YEAR”
“Wow. I’m 25….and by this time, I thought that my career would’ve taken off by now. I thought I would’ve discovered my purpose by now. I thought I’d be a homeowner by now. I thought I’d have a new job by now. I thought I’d have my Master’s Degree by now. I thought I’d be debt free by now. I thought I’d be married with children by now. I thought I’d be engaged by now. All of my friends are passing me by. Am I doing something wrong?”
I’m sure either one [or maybe even all] of these statements hit home for you. Truth be told, this post isn’t really about me being 25. It can apply to anyone turning 30, 40, 21, 50, or whatever age. In reality, this post is about reaching that so called “pivotal moment in your life” and realizing that things are not what you thought they’d be. It’s an analysis of the plans you made back then and comparing them to the reality you’re living right now.
It’s about mapping your life out and watching your plans crumble right before your eyes. It’s about the pain and frustration you feel when God says “no” or “not now” to the desires of your heart. This is real, and depending on how attached you may have become to your plans, God’s “shut down” was probably very devastating for you. If you find yourself feeling this way, I want you to remember these things, because they definitely helped me along the way. Oh, and by the way my friend; you’re not doing anything wrong at all.
- God’s goal is NEVER to hurt us. He wants the best for us, and His best will soon be revealed.
- You are exactly where you’re supposed to be in this very moment.
- Your age does not define who you are or where you should be.
- If you had the same path as everyone else, you would be just like everyone else. Who wants that?
- Embrace your NOW, although you may not understand it.
- Feeling lost and confused is normal; you’re definitely not alone!
- Everything will all make sense in the long run.
- There are some things that you just can’t control; EVER. So relax, take a deep breathe, and let your Maker take the lead.
I hope this helped. I’m praying for you.