Yesterday was my 28th birthday. I know that doesn't seem very old, but somehow thirty seems like it's just around the corner and I'm well into my downhill slide to fifty. As I was considering my short existence, however, I was thinking about some of the things I've learned. Every birthday gives us another chance to evaluate our lives and take inventory on things we've discovered or maybe things we still need to understand. I ended up making a list of 28 things I've learned and I thought I would share them with you.

  1. My imagination is my most valuable muscle
  2. Fresh air, water, and sleep always cure a headache
  3. Sleep solves 98% of problems
  4. Never turn down free food
  5. Helping someone is always worth the extra time
  6. Smile at everyone
  7. Always be on time
  8. Two good friends are worth more than a hundred acquaintances
  9. Live below your means
  10. Flying puts the world into perspective
  11. A perfect landing doesn’t exist
  12. Go with your gut
  13. Friends are passing but family is forever
  14. Always kiss your spouse goodnight
  15. Say “I love you” often
  16. The neighbor’s grass may be greener, but it still needs to be mowed
  17. Don’t worry - things usually work out
  18. Pray first
  19. Never accept “good enough”
  20. Stay hungry
  21. The more I learn, the less I know
  22. Don’t just travel: experience the world through another’s eyes
  23. I’m not the center of the world
  24. God would have sent Jesus just for me
  25. There are people who care how I’m doing
  26. Give God the glory
  27. Watch for beauty
  28. Live in a spirit of thankfulness

I know I've learned a lot more than what's on the list, but this is at least a sample of the things God has tried to teach me so far. One of my favorite promises in the Bible was one that God gave to the prophet Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you" (Jeremiah 1:5). God has a plan for each one of us and He longs to teach us to follow His will. If you haven't recently, sit down and make your own list. What have you learned in your life so far? It probably won't be a comprehensive list, but you'll be amazed at the lessons God has taught you and you'll start looking forward to the other things He's longing to show you.

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