Don’t get stuck

Shauna Niequist wrote this article originally for RELEVANT magazine called “11 Things to Know at 25(ish).” While I am newly 23, her advice is relevant to all young people, and her philosophy on life really resonates with me. The 11th thing on her list is my favorite,  entitled “Don’t Get Stuck.” Here is an excerpt:

When you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide. You can see very clearly two kinds of people. On one side, people who have used their 20s to learn and grow, to find God and themselves and their dreams, people who know what works and what doesn’t, who have pushed through to become real live adults. Then there’s the other kind, who are hanging onto college, or high school even, with all their might. They’ve stayed in jobs they hate, because they’re too scared to get another one. They’ve stayed with men or women who are good but not great, because they don’t want to be lonely. They mean to find a church, they mean to develop intimate friendships, they mean to stop drinking like life is one big frat party…Don’t be like that. Don’t get stuck…Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? What have I learned about God this year? What parts of my childhood faith am I leaving behind, and what parts am I choosing to keep? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?” Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe God is good and life is a grand adventure. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned.
Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.

No matter what age you are, it’s never too late to change. It’s never too late to reject a way of life that your culture says is normal. It’s never too late to step out in faith and do something big with God. Whatever you do, don’t get stuck.

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  1. Tricia Harper says:

    Emily!
    This is just what I needed to read. You and I are both 23, to me it’s a weird phenomenon. A place where it could become very easy to be stuck!

    *Remember how we both cried when we turned 20

    I see so many things in our culture and it makes me tired- angry and then apathetic,
    God is vivacious and wants us to live vivacious lives for Him. Thanks for posting, this is something I am going to keep near me so I don’t forget.

    I’d love to stay in closer contact with you my friend! I feel like I talk with you from time to time but I’d love to Skype or see you more often! Too much can happen in life and I want to keep my wonderful friends close! Praying and lifting you up. Let’s walk this life together. 🙂

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