Letter to My Younger Self From Charity
Hey little girl. It’s me. The future you. The 26-year-old you, to be exact (stop saying “ew,” I’m not THAT old). And I’m here to let you in on a few things. No, not like a lecture, relax. More like a cheat sheet—a few insider tips that’ll help you on the road ahead. Yes, you need it. Trust me.
First thing’s first: You. Are. Enough. Did you hear me? Just as you are, wherever you are, flaws and all, you’re enough. But I know you don’t always feel enough. So here’s a new perspective: instead of picking yourself and your body apart while envying other girls, think about all the things God has instilled in you that set you apart from the crowd. Think about your character, your talents, your dreams—things so unique to you that no amount of makeup or exercise can change them; things that never really depend on your outward appearance. That’s because God only cares about your heart. He doesn’t measure your worth by the size of your waist or the
number of pimples on your face. And you shouldn’t either. Because with Him, you’re more than enough. So quit being so hard on yourself. Remember, to love others, you gotta love yourself first. Get it? Got it? Good.
Next up is your least favorite thing to hear: be patient. Or as Brother Frank Natoli puts it, “Don’t rush the cake.” AKA don’t sprint ahead frantically trying to grab everything you want in one fell swoop. Instead, sit back and let yourself grow in God’s perfect timing. He knows what you want—everything from finding your career to meeting your mate. But if He gave it to you all at once, you’d learn a whole lotta nothin’ and you know it.
It’s all about trusting the process, my friend. Trusting HIS process. I mean, He did say He’s going to mold you. Oh, that’s right, you’re not there yet. Get this: in the future, God sends Brother Billy Buffa to your branch to have a vision while you get anointed. Brother Billy sees an old potter’s wheel next to your chair and the Lord tells him He’s going to mold you. YOU. Yes, you. True story. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s gonna feel good. It’s like pruning a tree—you have to cut off all the rotten parts before they stop the tree from growing. Same idea. God wants to ixnay anything in your life that isn’t helping you thrive. It’s better for you in the long run. So the next time you’re doubting your future or your worth, trust that He’s shaping you into something awesome. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
Finally, when you grow up, there’ll be something called social media. It’s way bigger than MySpace and AOL Instant Messenger. And it’s taking the world by storm. It’s great for sharing, sure. But beware, it can trick you into thinking you’re not good/happy/pretty enough (sound familiar?) compared to everyone else. Most importantly, all the mindless scrolling and meandering on your phone can distract you from hearing God’s voice. Just proceed with caution. That’s all I’m saying.
So if you haven’t listened to a word I’ve said, just remember this: God has the power to take you from the lowest valley to the top of the highest mountain. And if you tap into that, you’re golden.
Keep that spiritual chin up, girl. God’s got big things in store. Just you wait.
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