10 thoughts on “Open Query #85

  • January 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm
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    If I did, it would say something like, “Dude. You’re not gonna believe it. Can’t wait till you get here! (Oh wait, you just did. Hi!…me.)”

    • January 24, 2013 at 10:02 pm
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      Boy do I ever hear you. :-)

  • January 24, 2013 at 8:30 pm
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    I most defiantly would. I would tell myself to love. To love not only the people I think are okay, but far more to love those people that truly need it, those who are alone, regretted, and despised. I would also have spent far for time and a lot more conversations talking with my dad, who died 3 years ago. Praise Jesus that I have a heavenly Father to talk to. Good question David!

    • January 24, 2013 at 10:02 pm
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      I completely agree. And thanks for the reminder about your Dad. That’s a good challenge for me.

      I love you, man!

  • January 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm
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    Absolutely. My family moved two states away from everything I’d ever known to basically nothing I knew about three years ago, and I think I took it the hardest. After all, I could count the people I knew in this state on my fingers – and half of them moved away less than a year later!

    I think I’d tell myself to just calm down and trust God. I’d tell myself that I’ve been so incredibly blessed by everything I’ve experienced here and everyone I’ve met here. And I’d also tell myself that I’d slowly learn to tolerate my new life, then, eventually, love it. Of course, I’d tell myself, it’ll never be the same as before, but it’s totally worth it.

    Thanks for asking! That was very thought-provoking. : )

    • January 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm
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      I agree! Trusting God is one of the hardest battles to win. As it turns out, the most important things I need to know are not matters of circumstance. Who knew, right? :-)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • January 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm
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    I think at first I would jump at the chance to write back to myself! Think of all the pain and embarrassment I could avoid! All the confusing situations that my mind might understand better with context from the future. I would write out an eloquent letter, then I’d pause and glance out the window of my apartment. Maybe I’m right where I need to be. I’ll crumple up the letter and move forward as we always do: fighting fear every moment, prone to wander, and covered in endless, gentle waves of grace.

    • January 26, 2013 at 2:29 pm
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      Ha ha! Yeah, I understand the response. But I think I’ve finally concluded that what I would tell myself three years ago is not that different from what I need to tell myself today. Certain exhortations are just timeless.

  • January 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm
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    I’d tell myself a few things:
    1. If you want to understand gender, study real people; stories are not to be trusted.
    2. Choose to trust God. Talk to him every morning, and read the texts of the Bible even before they look interesting.
    3. You’ve worked many forgotten years and made many forgotten decisions to get where you are now. Contentment starts now, and will keep coming in stages.
    4. Those siblings of yours aren’t dumb. And neither are the seemingly petty-minded folks at your church. Get over yourself, and you may have some friends in the future.
    5. Welcome pain as God’s discipline, but make a habit of repenting and walking out with him. Don’t let emptiness fool you into creating pain for yourself.
    6. God has many people in whatever city you will live in. You will be qualified to help them in some way.
    7. It takes courage to make the obvious choice. Put away shame, guilt, and fear, and find that courage.
    8. That organization you’re obsessed with criticizing? There’s people in there to love. Make sure you do that.

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