To my sixteen-year-old self,
I wish you could see in this very moment the way that Christ is transforming your heart. You are no longer the shy, broken girl who cannot even look in a mirror. Now you are strong in the love of Christ. You have been renewed and redeemed by Him. I know that you know this, but it is easy to forget sometimes. Never forget.
|Me at 16 (I know I look pretty much the same now.)
Gatlin's death was not your fault.
It is such a good thing that you are waiting to date. It might seem frustrating at times, but you are so young. It's worth it. Keep waiting.
Pursue Christ with all of your heart. Learn more about Him relationally. Spend time in prayer, not just in studying the Bible or focusing on missions. Talk to Jesus. Get to know Him better.
Don't be afraid to be a leader in your high school. I know you're shy and uncomfortable to step out of your comfort zone, but do it anyway. There are so many girls at your school who are lost in battles with self-image and dating and deciding who they are. Step up and share the Gospel with them. Love them like Christ. Befriend every single girl you meet.
Girl, your heart is about to be shattered and transformed by a trip to Africa. Get ready.
What are some things you would tell your 16-year-old self? (If you are sixteen or younger, what are some questions you would like to ask someone who has been in your shoes?)
Two years ago: Comfort, Oh, Comfort and Beauty
Three years ago: Can you be a devoted Christian in high school?