As recent college graduates, we are bombarded with all sorts of different information about how we ought to live our lives. Some say we ought to use this time as our selfish years – a time all about ourselves to do what we want before we have to figure out how to be adults. Others say that we need to have everything figured out from the second we are handed our college diplomas.
I never felt comfortable with either of these decisions. Can I really be totally selfish and do whatever I want when I have to pay rent and make my own food and things like that? Alternatively, college prepared me for a lot, but I don’t know a lot about being an adult, so how could I start being the perfect adult straight out of college?
Then, a few weeks ago, I was watching a sermon online and this quote jumped out at me, “The decisions you make from ages 14-25 will absolutely affect what kind of life you will have from ages to 25-95. . . so decide right now in broad daylight to avoid the things that would damage your character and handicap your future.”
“The decisions you make from ages 14-25 absolutely affect the life you will have from ages 25-95”
I don’t have to have it all figured out right now, it’s true. However, I sure do need to make wise decisions that will benefit me the rest of my life. Creating my future the way God wants me to live is a constant decision-making process. Will I make mistakes? No doubt about it. But instead of living for me and making short term choices, I choose every day to make decisions that will create a better life for me in the future.
My early twenties especially are for growing, learning, exploring, and preparing for the rest of this wonderful life God has given me.
Sermon Series: ( http://eaglebrookchurch.com/media-resources/weekend-messages/series/stronger/ )
I believe having goals is very important. This year, as I am exploring the Five F’s, I have tried to make goals that will encourage me to learn about these.
Finances: Cody and I are going through Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey through a Small Group at our church. It is definitely already making a huge differences in our finances!
Fitness: Ask anyone who knows me – I am not the sporty type. I’m more of a read a book, watch netflix, and bake cookies than do anything athletic. But I am trying. This month I am starting with Yoga. I found a 31 Day yoga course online through a fantastic site and I have been really enjoying it.
Fellowship: Since getting married, Cody and I have worked to find a church (success!) and are now getting involved in small groups to meet some people! My best friend told me to get on this asap.
Fun: I have a lot more free time than I did a few months ago. I have decided to explore hobbies I have always been interested in. My goals include books I want to read this year (including Harry Potter finally. . .), learning languages (ASL, French, and Spanish), and learning instruments (guitar, ukulele, and piano).
Freedom: I am trying to get my priorities straight and finding ways to enjoy spending my time. This links to all of the other F’s in that they are all taking some of my time to explore.
What are your goals? What aspects of your life would you like to feel more in control of? Are there hobbies you wish to pursue but I have never found the time? I challenge you to take the first step and set some realistic goals and tell someone about them so they can keep you accountable!
The Five F’s: https://thrivinginyour20s.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/why-your-twenties/
Financial Peace University: http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/home/?snid=classes.fpu-a
Yoga by Candace: http://yogabycandace.com/blog/yoga-for-strength-project