Do not listen to anybody who tries to tell you which are the best years of your life. Just go ahead and live.
People have layers. And they’re really funny and often wonderful. Be patient and you’ll see.
Take people up on their hospitality.
Sometimes there are good reasons to change your mind about other people and about yourself. This phenomena is more commonly known as admitting you were wrong.
Eat chocolate with your Earl Grey.
Spend a long time over meals, especially with friends.
Do not automatically believe what people say about you just because they know you well, or even because they love you well. Listen to them, but remember that they might be wrong. The only ultimate authority for your identity is Christ.
Smile at people on the sidewalk.
You are not owed forgiveness. It is a gift.
Tell good stories.
Don’t overcook your broccoli.
Make friends in class.
Listen with your mouth shut.
Do not compare or quantify pain. That’s the coward’s way. Find a hand to hold, look it in the eye, and walk through it. It may be long, but keep going.
Don’t be afraid to go ahead and grow up. Grown-ups can be happy too.
Try not to ask for extensions on papers.
Say hard things in person, but speak slowly when you do.
Sometimes everything will feel distant and unreal. Do not live by that feeling, but instead remember that home is not here and that there are other pilgrims alongside you on the way.
Write thank you notes.
When somebody wants to be your friend, take them up on it.
Make soup. You can freeze it forever.
When a friend confides in you, treasure that, especially when it is something hard.
Sometimes you will still be shy. And, so long as you are not rude, that’s just fine.
You will fail. You will not be the person you know you ought to be. And that’s okay, not because everybody fails, but because there is One who didn’t.
Be kind. THIS IS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO. NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHERE YOU ARE. YOU CAN DO THIS AND IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
And most importantly, perhaps, the things I’ve been taught by others:
“Do the next thing.”
“Say what you mean.”
“Determine to love people.”
“Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.”
“Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try to find something or someone it cannot cover. Grace is enough. He is enough. Jesus is enough.”