On 7th October, this past Saturday, I turned 27 years of age. Along the way, I have learned a lot majorly through failure. Here is a trimmed list of 27 lessons from a 27-year-old.
- I am more sinful than I can dare believe (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5 ) but God is more gracious than I can dare imagine (Romans 3:23-25; Hebrews 8:12)
- Stop trying to chase 35,000 dreams when you have one life to live. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and pick something you are passionate about, then do it—and do it well.
- We are born to die. The earlier you discover this, the earlier your life will find meaning.
- Failure is not what they told us it was, it is not something to avoid but one we should make our daily teacher.
- While everyone wants to be famous, no one wants to do the dishes.
- Strive for intellectual curiosity. Read blogs every day and at least a book every month, then ask yourself this question: What did I learn this week/month?
- Learn from people who are better than you. Sit at their feet and shut up.
- Listen to podcasts–a lot of them. Avoid YouTube videos.
- Trash the selfie stick and replace it with a pen.
- Carry your notebook to the shower; it is a labour ward for great ideas.
- A true dream is one that is bigger than you, the dreamer.
- Have you a dream? Want to be a writer? Start now. Open up blogger.com and start writing. They say that water does not begin to flow until the faucets have been opened.
- Is your work creepy? Keep going, even butterflies are born ugly.
- Your true friends are defined by what they do for you when you are not around, i.e., dead.
- It is good to have friends but it’s even better to become a friend.
- Love is not earned, it’s free.
- Marry the one you love so that you will love the one you marry. (I heard that from a movie)
- No one is born without a purpose.
- Our primary purpose is not to be something but to receive something–salvation (grace and mercy) from God.
- The theological why to all life’s whats and hows has to be the Gospel. In other words, the only inspiration in life should be Jesus’s work on behalf of sinners and sufferers.
Law and Gospel
- The Law of God is holy and perfect. It also reveals to us what God is like–perfect and in turn shows me the depth of my sin.
- The Gospel is not what we do or what God has called us to do.
- The Gospel is solely God’s work.
- The Law may demand that I obey, but only the Gospel can produce in me the desire to obey.
- We are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.
- No one has the power to defeat sin, God Himself is the only One able to defeat it on our behalf.
- Resolutions are a way to atone for the mistakes committed in the past year.
- Whatever you do, live by a code. I live by the Ragamuffin Code: [Lord] Have mercy on me a sinner.
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