Dear Younger Me

I love birthdays! I always have. I remember as a little girl getting very excited about my birthday and counting down the days until it finally arrived. I’ll admit, I love presents, I love cake, and I love parties, so birthdays are perfect!

Birthdays are also a time when we naturally become reflective. Am I where I thought I would be at this age? How did time go so fast? I can’t possibly be this old, can I?


It was my birthday yesterday, and I definitely find myself in that reflective place today. I ran across this picture this morning, and it made me laugh. Despite the pixie haircut (really, Mom!) and the goofy swing I’m sitting on, that little girl’s smile seems to hold genuine excitement. I remember that little girl very well and the zest she had for life.

When I saw the picture I was instantly reminded of an incredible song by the group Mercy Me called “Dear Younger Me.” The words are below, and I invite you to read them closely. I’ve also included a link to the YouTube video so you can listen to the song if you’re not familiar with it.

The song talks about what we would say to the younger version of ourselves if we could. As I reflect on what I would say to the little girl in the picture if I had the chance, I think the song says it all. I’m not sure I would tell her about the heartaches that are to come, because each hurt has strengthened her and made her who she is today. I don’t think I would warn her about people who were going to cause her pain, because those same people also brought her intense joy. I would encourage her that every experience she is going to face will mold her into the woman she is today.

The thing I absolutely would tell her is how much God loves her…just as she is. She never ever has to earn God’s love, so all the striving she will do in life is unnecessary. She is redeemed by God’s grace and mercy, not by anything she has done or will do. She is loved by her Heavenly Father who is holy and righteous. She is a daughter of the King!

I would be tempted to warn her to let things go a little easier, don’t fret about the awkwardness she will feel in her teen years, and watch out for that boy who’s going to break her heart, but I think it’s best if I let her figure it out on her own!

Please read the lyrics below closely and ponder them for a minute. Then drink in the truth found in the words:
Every mountain every valley
Thru each heartache you will see
Every moment brings you closer
To who you were meant to be

Hugs and love,

Jill

“Dear Younger Me”
Mercy Me

Dear younger me
Where do I start
If I could tell you everything that I have learned so far
Then you could be
One step ahead
Of all the painful memories still running thru my head
I wonder how much different things would be
Dear younger me, dear younger me

Dear younger me
I cannot decide
Do I give some speech about how to get the most out of your life
Or do I go deep
And try to change
The choices that you’ll make cuz they’re choices that made me
Even though I love this crazy life
Sometimes I wish it was a smoother ride
Dear younger me, dear younger me

If I knew then what I know now
Condemnation would’ve had no power
My joy my pain would’ve never been my worth
If I knew then what I know now
Would’ve not been hard to figure out
What I would’ve changed if I had heard

Dear younger me
It’s not your fault
You were never meant to carry this beyond the cross
Dear younger me

You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart a brand new heart
You are free indeed

Every mountain every valley
Thru each heartache you will see
Every moment brings you closer
To who you were meant to be
Dear younger me, dear younger me

You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart a brand new heart
You are free indeed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sevy1AEQ0is
~Jill

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