One of my favorite parts about journaling is reading back on past entries. It gives me a little glimpse into who I was back then and what was going through my mind.
I recently came across this little gem from when I was a teenager:
The secret to happiness by Jael Amador
- Have faith: Believe, believe, believe!
- Everyone is just as afraid as you are. So stop being afraid.
- Ask for what you want. People hate saying no, and when they do, they usually offer a pretty good consolation prize.
- When people take a chance on you, give them 110% because you will need them to bet on you again.
- Walk around like you know stuff.
- Go out and learn things. Little by little.
- Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know *
- You’re never done. That’s ok.
- Give life meaning and purpose. The trick isn’t to find purpose but to create it. God didn’t make you passive; He whispers dreams and desires into your heart.
- Know these two things for sure: You are loved, and God made you a fighter. So fight.
I have to say that I was pretty impressed with my teenage self.
But mostly, I’ve marveled that there are no coincidences. I wonder if God smiled as I wrote that list so many years ago, knowing I would come across it today, just when I needed it.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (1 Peter 1:3, NIV).
Jael Amador writes from New York.
*Like with God. I don’t know everything there is to know about God. That doesn’t mean I don’t know Him, it just means I’m not done.© 2002 - 2023, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.