Happy Thursday, friends! Although this post is going to be much different than the typical style of my articles, I thought it would be a fun way to brighten your day. In this post I am going to list advice or things I have learned in my life for each letter of the alphabet. Sound like fun? Let's go...
A: Always put God first. He died for us, so let's live for Him and put Him first in everything.
B: Believe that God always knows what He is doing. It may not always be easy, but He really does know best.
C: Create something beautiful every day. Create something that your future self will thank you for.
D: Determine to think about the positive. There is enough negative in the world. Think about the good.
E: Everything has a season and not everything lasts forever. And while sometimes it's hard to let go, God really does have something greater coming for you.
F: Forgiveness is not easy, but it sets you free. Holding onto bitterness is locking yourself in a prison for something someone else did.
G: Give generously. Give of your time, money, or talents for the work of Jesus. Give more of yourself to God's people every day.
H: Humility is true strength. Always stay humble.
I: Increase daily in your knowledge of Christ. But not just a head knowledge. Make it a heart knowledge first.
J: Joy is a gift. A gift that you don't have to wait to experience until everything in life is going perfect (which will never happen, by the way). It's a gift to experience even in the midst of pain. The joy of the Lord is your strength.
K: Keep being brave. Courage does not mean the absence of fear. It simply means you keep being brave in spite of the fear.
L: Love God and love people. That's really what it all comes down to. We can make it so complicated. But if you love God first and you love His people second, the rest falls into place.
M: Money isn't everything, so don't let it come first in your life.
N: Never give up. The path ahead may be hard, but God has a purpose. Keep going, dear heart.
O: Own your faith. Your parent's faith or your friend's faith does not make you a Christian. Own your faith and live like it's a priority.
P: Put others before yourself. Practice the art of selflessness and kindness.
Q: Quality is better than quantity. Something my mom has always taught me. That whatever you do in life, it is better to do it right than just rush through it to get it done.
R: Read. Books open up an incredible world of possibilities for you. Don't take this privilege of reading for granted. Embrace it and go on every adventure you could possibly imagine.
S: Sacrifice whatever you must to serve your King. If you have to sacrifice your dreams, your goals, or your comfort for His glory, then do it. It's worth it. Trust me.
T: Tell everyone you come in contact with about the love of your Savior. You can't always tell with words, but you absolutely can always tell with your attitude and heart.
U: Ugly is not a word used in Genesis to describe anything that God created, so never use it about yourself or anyone else.
V: Victory is truly in Jesus. To conquer every sin, heal every illness, and move past every hurt. Victory is in His Name.
W: Worship with your life. Worship is not simply a special kind of song that you sing on Sunday morning. It is a lifestyle. Live in a daily act of worship to your Creator.
X: eXamine your heart and life. Is there anything keeping you from a closer walk with Christ? If yes, get rid of it.
Y: Youth is a gift. Do not waste it. You are only young for a short time. Use those years wisely, for the glory and good of Christ.
Z: be Zealous for the Gospel. Everyone you pass or come in contact with is either going to spend eternity in heaven or hell. Do your part to point them to heaven.
Do you have any ABC's of advice? Maybe you don't have a full alphabet list, but perhaps a few letters? Share in the comments!