Dear Younger Me…

Time Travel

I love Disney’s movie “The Kid” starring Bruce Willis. In the movie, Willis’ childhood self shows up in his adult life. When Willis realizes it is his younger self, it causes him to face some issues he never dealt with.

For the record, I don’t believe in time travel, but if I did and could go back in time to meet my childhood self, I’d like to go back and tell my younger self things like…

“Don’t eat pizza & drink Dr. Pepper till you throw up just because it tastes so good”… and “no, seriously, cut your hair”… or “don’t be so shy.” (Wink, wink… for those who know me.)

But for reals, here are some life lessons I would teach my younger self in order to get more out of life…

Don’t be as afraid… Most of the stuff you’re scared is going to happen never will. It’s all in your mind. Almost every fear is learned and can be unlearned. So go after life courageously!

Believe God for greater… We think too small, dream too small, ask too small. Go big for God. Try big stuff for Him, and believe for Him to come through for you in a bigger way!

Focus more on God’s grace than your own performance… Dude, seriously, don’t take yourself so seriously. Admit that you blow it way more than you should and accept that Jesus paid for all your sins and mistakes. Let the fact that His grace is what gets you in with God motivate you to do right, not your attempts to make yourself right.

Care less about what others think, and just be yourself… You’re a fantastic, multi-faceted guy with a bunch of interests. Forget trying to fit into anyone else’s idea of what’s cool and create your own brand. People will find you confident that you are right and want to be like you instead of you being like them.

Try more things… Definitely go after more opportunities. Learn to bake, play sports, play guitar or piano, try out for plays, eat different kinds of food, run for office, write a book, enter the science fair, rebuild an engine of any kind, start your own business before you graduate high school, go on more missions trips… keep building the list of things you want to try and never stop. You never know what you’re going to discover that you love doing and you’ll have a ton of great memories.

Oh, there’s a lot more I’d tell my younger self. You don’t have time to read the complete list. But this is enough to remind me that, while I’m alive, I still have time to do these things.

And you have time to do the things you would tell your younger self as well. So, what would you say if you could go back and meet yourself as a kid?

While we can’t undo what’s been done, but we can make the most of the days left ahead of us. So let’s go for it… because one day an older version of ourself would come back and tell us we should have listened to that blogger… he’s really smart. (Wink, wink.)


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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