19 Things I Learned in 2010

One of the advantages of having a birthday towards the close of the year, is to look back on 2010 is to also look back on the year "I was [18]".  So as we take the plunge into 2011, and I into my 19th year, I would like to share with you 19 things I learned in 2010!

1. Giving of oneself (time, interest, abilities, etc.) is the ultimate gift.
2. Honoring parents is not just obeying them, but taking what you know are their righteous desires, and acting upon them as though they were their commands.
3. Satan likes to steal minutes, not just hours.
4. God will move on with or without your participation, but it is always your loss. 
Pray while you can, soon the need in that area will be past.
5. Disciplining your thought life is vital for making right choices.
6. The guilt and stress of procrastination (and the less-than-stellar outcome it often brings) outweighs the work of "doing it now". :)
7. Sometimes a challenge we believed to have previously defeated will return, but with unprecedented intensity. Never let down your guard.
8. I don't believe God is impressed with plans, but rather delights in the doer of them. See Matthew 21:28-32
9. Gratitude is a choice, not a blind-spot.
10. Praise may minister to and help direct a heart for years.
11. Ironically, sometimes the greatest times of discouragement immediately follow the greatest victories. Do not hang your sense of self-worth on your performance.
12. Be a servant, but not an enabler. Learn discernment - don't be instrumental in the development of another's bad character.
13. Sometimes the greatest way to love is to withhold and not to give.
 14. Just as important as the friends we keep, are the friends we lose.
15. Listen 10x times more than you talk.
16. Writing helps you establish your thoughts. As my dad frequently says, how do people know what they're thinking until they see it on paper?
17. To everything there is a season – focus on this one!
18. A deeper walk with Christ will have a broader impact.
19. A righteous man will inevitably fall, but must rise again. Do not let past failure determine future outcome. Press on with enthusiasm!

"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
II Timothy 3:14

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