24 Things in 24 Years

Today, I turn 24.

Here are 24 things I’ve learned since 1989.

  1. Know when to stop. To stop talking, to stop listening, to stop running.
  2. Reality may not  be better than your expectations, but it will be better for you.
  3. Rest is not a four letter word. Well, it is – but you know what I mean.
  4. Prevent cavities. Floss daily. Don’t ask.
  5. Marriage is not about you. It’s not even really about your spouse, it’s about Jesus.
  6. Unexpected surprises don’t have to be unwelcome ones.
  7. Baby bumps make wonderful accessories.
  8. Stick to your guns. Even if its costly.
  9. Work hard. It pays.
  10. Budget. It, too, pays.
  11. Don’t delay difficult conversations.
  12. Laughing with your spouse is one of the greatest joys on the planet.
  13. Marrying your best friend doesn’t mean you’ll always see eye to eye. But it does mean you get to grow in patience and love; wanting their good over your own.
  14. Plan well, but know your plans can fall to pieces in a moment. (And it’s okay. See Proverbs 16:9)
  15. Go out of your way to express gratitude.
  16. You can’t choose your family, but you can choose how you treat them. (Choose generously.) 
  17. Community is built. So roll up your sleeves and grab a hammer.
  18. Take criticism with grace.
  19. Take compliments with humility.
  20. Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is stay, not leave.
  21. Make space to be creative. It won’t just happen.
  22. Freely admit when you’ve been in the wrong.
  23. Serve God, love others.
  24. There is no greater joy than pursuing God with your whole heart.
Me, Circa 1993

Me, Circa 1993



  1. Bek on December 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Fabulous hair, even back then! 🙂 And those cheeks are pretty darn awesome for a wee lass!

    Love your lessons…thanks for sharing!

  2. Ted Easter on December 29, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Yes – the photo is on of my favorites!

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