Dear Younger Me,
The bottom of the totem pole is not a bad place to be. In fact, it can be a really good thing. Remember your first year of high school basketball? Your twin got to be on JV, but you were on the freshman team, sometimes playing JV. The beauty of that year was that even though you were at the bottom, you learned so much and got so much experience that the next year they wanted you to not only play on JV but on varsity, too.
Sometimes you might be faced with a decision between two opportunities, one prestigious but with little room to grow and one less prestigious but with so much potential for you to grow. You’re not one to enjoy sitting on the bench, so I might encourage you to pick the one that leads to growth, still making sure you have carefully thought about it, of course. Don’t marry yourself to this “rule,” but I’ve found beauty in it several times!
Yet sometimes, you’re going to feel like what you do doesn’t matter. There’s a quote that says something like “Faithfulness in the little things leads to faithfulness in the big things.” I’ve also heard it said that if God called you to a job the world sees as lowly, taking a job as the President would be a step down. So do the very best you can do with what you have and where you’re at. Let God use those seasons to build your character and grow you. Because when you look back, you’ll see what a blessing those seasons were.