Dear Younger Me,
The world is bigger than just your own little world. There’s a lot going on in your world, with friends and family and all the life stuff that can keep your eyes from looking too far out. But the beauty of God’s design is that you live in His world, His family, His body, His Church. There’s a joy you can experience when you recognize that you are a part of something bigger than yourself, and that God has a great plan, and you get to be a part of it. Every day you live is a day you get to live with God’s great purpose in mind, that you get to glorify Him, and be His hands and feet in the world, whatever that looks like each day.
And the people you see all around you? God loves them. And they might be adopted into God’s family as Christians, too. What a glorious thing to get to meet members of God’s family around you, when you have open eyes and ears to see them. And maybe someday you’ll choose bravery and get to know someone, either asking them if they know God or telling them about Him.
And when you pray, certainly pray for your needs and the needs of the ones you love, but remember the Church. Remember what you’re part of.