Lessons Learned

I will be turning 32 this December. While the increasing number of my age continues to be progressively more painful (mentally and physically) I can look back through those years and see lessons learned from a life stumbling through grace.

Here then are some truisms and thoughts that I share with complete humility. I hope that they might save you some pain or, at the very least, help you not have to go through it over and over.


Ask more questions. Listen more. Talk less.

Don’t say, “Yes” when you mean, “No”. It actually doesn’t help anyone.

A life serving others is actually better than a life serving yourself.

When someone asks for prayer, do it. Right there. It matters.

Your private time, while nice, isn’t nearly as important as your time with others. Make it a priority.

“Your status or popularity in life is most important”… said no one with their last breath.

Ask for opinions. They can help you see part of life you may be missing.

Stand for truth. It is an anchor for your soul and a guide for your heart.

Remain teachable. It’s the key to actual maturity; much more than what another year of life can give you.

Work purposefully. Play joyfully.

There are people who are, “book smart” and people who are, “street smart”. You need both. Learn from them.

Children will reveal more about you and your heart than in it will about them.

Be willing to mess up, fail, and stumble in front of your kids. More importantly be willing to show them what it looks like to respond with grace, humility, and ask for forgiveness.

Cleanliness is not an indicator of Godliness, but messiness is most definitely an indicator of some fun.

Forgiveness and grace are freeing and a great friend but bitterness and anger are binding.

You are not that important. But you can live a life of importance.

Happiness actually isn’t about the car you drive, the house you live in, the money you have, or the important people you know. It’s about where you go with the car you drive, what you do in the house that you live in, where and how you use the money you have been given, and the amount of people who know the real you.

Take time to think about the real substance of life at least once a day. You might be surprised by what you find.

Winning an argument in the end never feels as good as it would lead you to believe in the beginning.

Most times being right is not as important as just being present for someone. That being right part works its way out in the end.

We all live for something. Make sure it’s Something that is worth it. It will either destroy you or give you life in the end.

Greg Smith

Blogging about faith, life, church, and everything in between.

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