My daughter, Dana, turned 22 recently. She’s at the beginning of a life journey that I am more than half-way through. She has so much of life ahead of her. So many great adventures to still experience.
I started thinking today about what I wish I knew when I was a young 22-year-old. And I realized it isn’t too late for you and me to apply Moses’ instruction in Psalm 90:12 to “number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
These are the 10 things I wish I knew at age 22 (and the 10 things I want my daughter to know now so she can live wisely and well):
1. People will come and go in our lives, but the One who loves us most will never leave. Therefore, His opinion matters more than anyone else’s.
2. The things that seemed SO important to us in our 20s we can barely remember in our 40s. Think long-term, not short-term.
3. Life passes quickly, so don’t waste it on worrying about what you can’t control.
4. God is the Only One who satisfies, so don’t ever look to a man to do for you what only God can.
5. Every man you date is a potential life partner. So whether or not he’s a mature follower of Christ IS a huge deal.
6. We are loved immensely by our Creator and given the awesome privilege of serving our Savior. So don’t look for validation in anything or anyone else.
7. The things we allow our eyes to see, our ears to hear, and our minds to process have a way of sticking with us far longer than we had imagined. So choose carefully what you expose yourself to.
8. The younger you are, the sharper your mind and memory. So store as much as you can of God’s Word in your mind and heart now — so you can retrieve more later.
9. The wise financial habits you develop now will be a safeguard for you as you get older.
10. Purity is in rare commodity. Guard it with your life. (And regardless of what the tabloids say, righteousness will never go out of style.)
What do YOU wish you knew when you were 22? I’d love for you to share it in the comment section below.