Advice to the Young From One Who is Not

get-attachmentThere is a statement attributed to George Bernard Shaw, it is “Youth is wasted on the young”, another columnist wrote, “Advice, like youth, is wasted on the young” both statements are very true. In considering my birthday this year I looked back over the times of my life, the high, low, happy, depressed, rich, poor and everything in between and did the inevitable, the thing we all do at some point, I started with the “what if’s”, and “if only I had” and when I finished my reverie I was still in the same exact place I was when I started it. Someone in my family used to say at times when the “what if’s” set in, “If the dog hadn’t stopped to pee he would have caught the rabbit!” I see the lesson here, “don’t cry over spilt milk”, “if life hands you lemons make lemonade” and on and on but still, here I am. Is there anything I can do to help the generations coming along? I have tried, thus the thought “youth is wasted on the young”.

What advice would you give to someone starting his or her young adult life? I was often told “let your head rule your heart”, didn’t work out that well for me so I would say about falling in love, “Look at a person truthfully, don’t try to cover the stink with cologne and don’t let a person’s goodness be lost on you or taken for granted either.”

To a young girl that is watching her figure I would say, “Eat wisely and exercise, fad diets and crazy things like barfing up your food will give you a hernia and root canals later on in life.”

To a young man “Don’t spend so much time lifting weights, you will be very sorry later on in life when your joints are screaming from abuse and your knees are gone to the point of preventing you from walking.”

My advice would be to keep from making snap judgments and taking on the habit of gossiping, if people view you as someone who always has a bad word about others they will not like you and certainly will not respect you.

Obvious things I would add would be to stay out of the sun unless you are wearing sunscreen, to floss your teeth religiously, to take your vitamins and get enough sleep.

While you are young and have your health enjoy all the things you will not be physically able to do later in life, whether it is taking long walks or skiing down a snow slope.

If you feel you have a calling on your life, follow it with all your heart and don’t look to others to give you a boost, it probably won’t happen and even if it does sometimes the ones who do the boosting having done it want to take the credit for any good that you may do. It is better to call and lean on God, I am not saying you shouldn’t seek council, I am simply saying don’t count on it, as Jeremiah 17:5 says “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD.” If God has called you to do a work for Him while you are young then do it now before you take on a spouse and children, when you do that, they have become your field of ministry.

All of the things I have mentioned are good, that is true, but the one most important thing I would advise would be to become very close friends with the Holy Spirit, to have daily walks and talks with Jesus and to be a seeker of His heart, to dance before the Lord with abandon and praise Him without restraint, to learn to “dwell in the secret place of the Most High” and to “abide in the shadow of the Almighty” Psalm 91. If you do these things then you will dwell safely under His wings and He will give His angels charge to guard you in your old age.

Don’t come to your latter days only to look back with regret, Hebrews 3:13 “but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

One last piece of advice, “Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.”  Mark Twain.

Merry Christmas in only 5 more days!!

3 Replies to “Advice to the Young From One Who is Not”

  1. I like your words & approach to this topic. Very truthful words & very wise too. As I have read them several times I realize that I am reading the thoughts of a very blessed Lady. Yes you have been knocked down but you got right back up fighting. You work againsit the enemy in a quiet dedicated way & doing so you are very successful. One day when you stand before our Lord He will show you all the people whom you have helped in their daily walk with Him. I feel you are going to be truly amazed at that number. The thing I see in you is that you do it from your heart to help others avoid the pits that have caused you to stumble during your walk on this earth. I look at you as a searchlight shining to show others how to get there without being hurt in any way. The Bible tells us to seek the wisdom of our elders, for their wisdom will guide us through life safely. You are wise beyond your own acceptance & your heart reaches for your fellow man in every way. A person who follows what you write here daily will walk upright & correct in all the ways of the Lord. I know your Dad must be really proud of you as he looks down from Heaven & sees & hears your wise words. Never change, just keep going forward for your reward is close at hand. Proud to be your Friend. G


    1. Wow what a wonderful description! Not sure I recognize the person of whom you speak but would love to live up to what you have said !! Thank you. ❤️😄


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