When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. – 1 Corinthians 13:11
It wasn’t too many years ago that I lived as though I had all the time in the world and that the future was wide open to me. The steps I took didn’t seem to matter, and many around me affirmed my youth and opportunity to experience the world and make mistakes. But now here I stand, and flashbacks of great experiences and big mistakes fill my mind. Some around me still try to tell me that I’m young. I do not dispute that, but we should also realize that young is a relative term.
Do I regret the life I’ve lived? Some parts yes, some parts no. There are things I wish I didn’t do, places I wish I didn’t go, friendships I wish I didn’t make. Yet in all things I know that it has been a rich journey, and that the vicissitudes of the the seasons will only serve to prepare me for what is to come.
However as I enter my late twenties, I am reminded that every step I take can either limit my future or be a stepping stone to the road ahead, and this can happen both in terms of actions I take and actions I do not take. If I decide to do A instead of B, the opportunity cost in the long term can be potentially huge, and with a limited lifespan, every endeavor should be considered.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. – Psalm 37:23-24