The Circle: A Letter To Your Past Self

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

16 year old Victoria

When Kiki announced this month's theme for The Circle, I remembered that I had done a post like this before. I went through the archives and found the letter that my 22 year old self wrote to my 16 year old self. Here it is:

"Victoria, don't ever think you have life all figured out. It's not going to look like you thought it would and that's okay. Pressing into God is good. He mainly wants to know you and you to know Him. That's your identity. Nothing else really matters. Don't wear yourself out trying to do it ALL. Just live to treasure God the way Christ did. Along the way, help who you can learn to do this too.

Remember this sentence and the next few years won't be so bad:

'The life of the godly is not a straight line to glory, but they do get there...all along this hazardous, twisted road that doesn't let you see very far ahead there are frequent signs that say, 'The best is yet to come.'...all the perplexing turns in your life lately are not dead-end streets. In all the setbacks of your life as a believer God is plotting for your joy.'

(This comes from a very influential sermon series on the book of Ruth that John Piper preached.)

Just so you know, I preach this to my 22 year old self almost daily"

At 24, I stand by these words! I'm still preaching them to myself very regularly. A lot is happening in this crazy world we live in. As I keep setting my hope in God, my 16 year old self and my 22 year old self are there reminding me of God's faithfulness and grace and sufficiency! Some things never change!

Let's link up with Kiki and Robyn!!!


  1. He is our identity! so much truth in that sentence :)

  2. I love that. All the children of God get there :) amen to that!

  3. i love how raw we can be with our old selves. sometimes i hit myself and wish that i had known what it would be like 10 years later, but then i remember the truths in God's word that says EVERYTHING is used for our good. even when we mess up, though that's not what God desires for us, he still is faithful and gracious to use it to some how benefit us.

    tell me that is Mr. Rogers sweater. :)

    thanks for the encouraging word Victoria!

  4. I know that I can always rely on you for truth and wisdom and just encouragement to seek God and seek Him daily with all my heart. It's something that I know but don't always believe (there goes that 2015 word of mine!). :)

    I really love that you opened your letter with "don't ever think you have life all figured out." Those are words I need to tell myself!

    And I also love that you STILL stand by your letter. It only proves that your words are full of truths!

    Thanks for linking up!

  5. Aww, you were such a cute 16 year old! You look so peppy in that shot. :) Great advice to give!

  6. This was so good.


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