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Letter To Younger Self



Today I came across an article about an eleven year old girl who died.  Among her things was a letter written to her “future self” to be opened in the year 2023.  Because her mother was curious about the letter she decided to open it, read it and publish it for all to see.  An invasion of privacy?  I’m not sure.  But the letter was so encouraging and uplifting – it is easy to forgive whatever motive the mother had.  I read it and smiled.  It is much the same kind of letter that I would have written to myself when I was eleven.  Curious about the future, and wanting some kind of assurance that life, things, people and opportunities would not change who I was and who I would become – seems like the kind of letter I would write.  And so would you.


Much of what I see floating around the internet (and especially celebrities) is a letter to their “younger self”.  The kind of letter you would write if you could somehow transport yourself back in time, 20, 30, 40 years – or even longer.  If somehow we had time travel at our disposal and could magically appear to ourselves, like “Back to the Future” with Michael J. Fox.

But let’s be reasonable.  Much like the younger versions of Marty McFly’s mother and father in that same movie – who were not very open to glimpses of truth and wisdom from the future – probably neither would we.  I do see it as an interesting topic, however and would love to stay here a little longer.  Would my younger self have listened to me at this mature age?  Especially if I seemed to posses knowledge that only a “future” me would know about?  Would it them be clear to my younger self that I was trustworthy and knew what I was talking about?  I’m not sure.

And since events in our life – choices we make determine our natural course and make us who we are maybe the only answer to this is – let it be.

As I pondered this – a thought occurred to me.  God knows our past, present and future and chooses not to tell us about it.  He could.  But He does not.  He does not try to influence our decisions, but asks us to trust Him when we feel Him speaking to us in times of great darkness, sorrow pain and loss.  I’ve come to the conclusion that He knows all those decisions we make, good and bad will shape us into the man or woman we are today.  Oh He could give away some of the secrets of timing, people and choices – but He does not.  There is a lesson in this.  And I don’t want it to be lost on me  especially when I cry out to Him, “WHY???????”  Ultimately I would have to admit that even though some of those stupid choices I have made over the years were painful, humiliating and MAN I wish I could have a DO OVER!!  But this is not how life works.

So if I had the chance – like God to go back and whisper some things to my younger self – I would not.  I would stand and observe.  And be thankful.  And let things run their natural course.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.   Jeremiah 29:11

That is good enough for me.  He knows – and gives a glimpse into my future – plans for welfare and not for evil – hope and a future.

Be encouraged today.  The choices you have made, situations you have found yourself in – good and bad have given you character and maturity.  And God knew all along.


God Bless

A Note From My Husband

On the occasion of my milestone birthday – I asked my wonderful husband and best friend to be a special ‘guest blogger’ today.  Hope you enjoy and will be encouraged as you read his note to me –  that even after almost 30 years together – he still is romantic and knows how to keep the love alive.

God Bless

To my lovely wife Cindy on her special 50th birthday;

Good morning my love!  I trust you had a wonderful sleep.  I was watching you this morning just before you opened your eyes and thinking about how thankful I was to have the love of such a beautiful woman in my life.  Funny how so many put an emphasis on youthful looks these days and fight frantically to somehow attempt “time travel” to spin the biological clock backwards.  I loved it when we saw the title of a new book recently, “fifty is the new fifty” – it garnered a laugh from both of us, but even without reading the book we understand the sentiment.  Being authentic to yourself and your life experiences, being comfortable in your own skin, is a large part of remaining beautiful; a glow that comes from within and radiates outward.

Cindy, you are beautiful, both inside and outside.  You not only are an extremely attractive woman physically (insert tiger growl here), but you are true and authentic to your core values, which is what makes you irresistible.  In this way you have become more gorgeous to me over time.  I love it how you are passionately interested in how others feel and think, and have an uncanny way of connecting to them, especially in their time of need.

This year we will celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary.  We have seen much of life and have weathered both good and challenging seasons together – more and more I see in you a beauty and strength that I both admire and envy; a depth that time has only served to reveal and prove.

There’s a section of 1 Peter chapter 3 that echo these very values that I love about you.  It describes a woman of uncompromising beauty, and where lasting attractiveness comes from;

3 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self,5 the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.6 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God7 used to make themselves beautiful.”

Cindy my love, this “milestone birthday” (at least that’s what we call the ones that end in a “0”) is simply another occasion that displays what those who really know you already have been celebrating; your authentic love for others, emotional balance, and spiritual centeredness.  This is what makes you attractive to others and to me.

And, you’re just plain hot looking!

Happy birthday my love!


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