One thing that has bothered me about Facebook lately is all the BuzzFeed and Huffington Post articles. I say “bothered” because I apparently have no self-control, and if an interesting title pops up on my feed, I WILL be sucked in and stop whatever I’m doing to read it.
I find myself especially drawn to titles such as “25 Things to Do Before You Are 25,” because no one wants to feel like they’re missing out, especially not me! Am I doing this growing-up thing right? And if we’re only young once, then don’t I need to be living life to the fullest…you know, that whole “carpe diem” thing?
However, as I found myself reading the lists that typically consist of things like skinny-dipping, making out with a stranger and tattooing “YOLO” to your brain, I started to wonder what God would think of a list like that? While I’m sure all of that may be exciting in the moment, is any of that going to leave me fulfilled when I wake up on my 25th birthday?
As a believer, I am called to live a life set by God’s standards, not by a list that the world promises will make me happy. I see in scriptures like Romans 12:2 that I am called to NOT be conformed to the patterns of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. So it got me to thinking: What would God’s list of “things to do before you’re basically ancient and in your mid-twenties” be?
After praying about it, I felt like God told me one thing…if there was one thing to do before you turn 20, I think it would be this: to seek. Simple, and not as glamorous-sounding as making sure that you own a Louis Vuitton bag, but let me explain. God has made you unique and He has called you to do something only you can do. Blanket statements like “travel anywhere and everywhere,” “date as many guys as you can” and “dress to impress” are not necessarily for you. YOU are different. Because YOU are the only YOU that God has made.
One thing I did in my early 20s (I am 26 now) that I will continue to do the rest of my life is I sought after God. I sought after His call for my life and I asked many questions. “Lord, what do you want me to do with my day, my month, my year? God, what is the unique list that you have for ME to complete in my lifetime?” Matthew 6:33 says that we are to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and ALL these things will be added to you.” That means that when we seek God, everything else (our joy, hopes, dreams, heart’s desires) will fall into place.
Lists like “25 Things to Do Before You Are 25” can put pressure on us to be someone we aren’t and, in fact, someone we were never even called to be! My prayer for us is that instead of conforming to what the world says we should be and experience, we should seek God first.
In your prayer time this week, ask Him how He wants you to spend your time. Then believe and trust that the story He is writing for you is grander and more beautifully nuanced than any list of 25 things could portray.
Seek…and all these things will be added to you.
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