I will be turning thirty on July 26, 2015.

Fifteen years ago, I thought I knew it all.

Now I have a few things I would like to tell that little twit. So, in the spirit of telling people off on the Internet, teenage me needs to read this now.

The future generation is waiting on you. Yes, Jesus wants you to be serious about him—you do have a purpose to fulfill. So stop playing Grand Theft Auto, grab a SAT study guide, and get busy!

When you arrive in high school, don’t worry about being cool, listening to Ludacris really is ludicrous, and your teachers are NOT your enemy, you are!

(And a little side note, your wife and kids are amazing).

Now that I am done speaking to the past, allow me to say a few things to you, my wonderful readers (Kristen and Mom).

Life is too precious to live in the past and list every regret we have. I know at times the past is all you have, but, seriously, this is not how Jesus intends for us to live our lives. People are here now, your family is here now, the lost and dying are here now, so please join the present age and be who you called to be TODAY!

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
-Philippians 4:8-9