25/ 09/ 17

A Letter to Sixteen-Year-Old Me by Lindsay Dryer

Precious daughter of the King,

Did you know Someone wrote a book about us? An entire book detailing our story? Pretty amazing, right? I see you on the pages. I know you don’t feel like your part of the story is very significant. You don’t think it matters. But can I tell you something? Your part of the story is beautiful.

You’re learning a lot about who you are. I see you striving for their approval, thinking that if you could just have what she has, be as beautiful as that girl, or get his attention, you’ll reach the top. You feel like you’re never enough. The truth is, in Jesus you have all you need. In His eyes, you are beautiful. And you have His full attention every moment of every day. He’s chasing after your heart. And in Him, you are enough. That’s what I’ve learned as I’ve turned the pages of our story.

I know, I know. The heartbreak. It’s real. And it’s so, so hard. To be honest, 10 years later and sometimes it still creeps up on our pages. But between your part and my part of the story, we’ve been healed and made whole. And even though, right now, it seems like the end, like nothing else matters, like you’ll never move past it…you will. This is only one small snapshot of the big picture.

I’m a few chapters ahead of you now, and I can tell you that in between you and me, there are a lot of twists and turns. There’s ups and downs and upside downs. There’s more heartache, more unknown, more hurt, more disappointment. But the best part? (Don’t worry, I won’t give you any spoilers. You have to wait and see for yourself.) There’s more joy, more hope, more surprises, more answered prayers, more of God’s faithfulness on display.

If only I could get you to understand that as the pages turn and the story moves on, none of this silly stuff will matter. Not even that expensive phone that you have to have or the fact that your parents grounded you for a week—none of it. (P.S. They love you. I promise.) I wish I could convince you to take all that energy and effort you’ve spent searching for approval and invest it in your relationship with Jesus. That is what matters all the way to the end. It’s the thread that ties this whole book together. In every chapter, and on every page, He is there.

Sometimes He’s center stage—the main character—and sometimes we accidentally take over and leave Him out of the story. But he never leaves. He’s always there waiting for us to invite Him back to play the lead role again. Want to know a secret? The story is always best when He’s in the lead.

I don’t know how this story ends—here on Earth, at least—but I do know I’m thankful for our story. It’s a beautiful story of us learning to trust fully, to love selflessly, to live humbly, to lean on Jesus, to be willing to obey His call on our life. I haven’t figured it all out, but I’m learning that our progress is so much more important than perfection.

Know this: You are valued. You are treasured. You are cherished. You are loved. And even though everything seems to change as the pages turn and one chapter fades into the start of a new chapter, those truths never change.

2 responses to “A Letter to Sixteen-Year-Old Me by Lindsay Dryer”

  1. Maria says:

    Great word Lindsay!

  2. Angel Estrada says:

    Oh my goodness! I love this.

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