- Embrace being a late bloomer. Early bloomers fade fast.
- Respect and obey your parents. It's not just a pragmatically good idea; it's commanded by God, who doesn't take it lightly. Look at Romans 1:28-32 and notice that disobedience to parents is grouped with "every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity".
- Things get better. College is a huge step up from high school.
- Stand up for people, especially underdogs.
- Learn to be a good follower, so that in the future, you can be a good leader.
- Know what it means to really be a leader. Leadership isn't a popularity contest; it's a series of decisions founded in integrity.
- Pray daily. Petition the Lord for many good things that He lays on your heart, but don't forget to also ask Him to (1) ready you for His service and (2) reveal step by step the path He has laid out for you.
- You are braver, smarter, and more capable than you realize.
12 November 2011
Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me
A friend posted on Facebook several weeks back, asking for people's input on "things we wish someone had told us when we were in high school", as she'd been asked to speak at a high school retreat and wanted to make the message as meaningful and practical as possible. I gave her some input, and didn't think much about it for a while, but then I thought more about it tonight. Here are a few things that I wish I'd known (or just understood better) when I was in high school.