33 Lessons From 33 Years
May 3rd, 2009, I turned 33. Most of my birthdays are not real significant.
However, 33 is the age that many scholars believe Jesus was when He went to the cross and die for our sins. When I put my life in that context, it makes me think what was Jesus thinking as a 33 year old. How do I match up with a 33 year old Jesus. Is my life on track? What have I learned?
We are epistles written of men. Here are 33 lessons I have learned in the last 33 years:
The gospel according to Robin Steele.
1. I love Jesus Christ
2. Jesus Christ is God
3. My wife is my best friend and she is pleases me.
4. It is better to be addicted to family than to a career
5. My parents are a powerful example of Christ-like people.
6. I have the 2 best Grandmothers ever.
7. Going to church has saved me
8. Lying down on a Sunday afternoon after going to church and eating a large lunch is a glimpse of heaven.
9. San Marcos is stinking cool
10. Loyalty is more valuable than talent
11. Most people would rather run from conflict than deal with it –
12. Today I can change the past of tomorrow
13. God’s grace keeps amazing me
14. I should stick to speaking and not singing
15. I love food more than I should
16. Tex-Mex is the best food that I have ever tasted.
17. Beauty is not in perfection of things, it is in perseverance
18. Pursuing God’s calling is a great lifestyle –
19. Most people would rather stick to tradition than move with the flow of God
20. College is more about learning life than about learning skills for career
21. I am more open to non-Americans more than Americans
22. Praying in the Spirit peaces you together
23. Reading shapes you
24. Maintaining margin in my life is never natural or easy – extra time, extra energy, extra credit, ANYTHING extra takes an eternal conscious effort on my part. I can never go on cruise control if I want to maintain healthy margins.
25. Every sermon goes back to one thing: pray.
26. Hard work makes you sleep better
27. Sometimes God needs us to stand up and be bold regardless of our personality.
28. Step one in relationships is: “Always forgive one another”
29. The older I get the more I realize that I don’t know much at all.
30. The internet can be a huge waste of time
31. Procrastination breeds stress
32. I don’t know exactly what God has in store for me, but when I look at what He has done so far, it gives me sweet assurance that it will all work out.
33. The shorter I preach the better you listen