This list was were found floating out on the internet, and although they are a bit secular most of them have corresponding Christian principles. I’ve added a comment after each. I hope that you will read them, and hold on to the good.
I’m not sure who the author of this list was. But kudos to them whoever they are.
1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period. (But don’t forget that you are first a spirit, that just happens to have a body.)
2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life.” (This is called “discipleship.” Welcome!)
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.” (Consider the life of Peter, the apostle– he was up and down, but always learning. He was loved by the Lord, very, very much.)
4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson. (The Holy Spirit is a most excellent teacher.)
5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned. (Learn to love people is generally what these lessons are about. But remember, there is a life after this one that is vastly more significant.)
6. “There” is no better a place than “here.” When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.” (Actually, the best place to be is in the center of God’s will.)
7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself. (Hmmm. It is true that we have a common humanity, and we learn a ton just by observing human behavior. And people do mirror our character back to us.)
8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours. (Perhaps. But God directs our steps. He is supremely in control, but will graciously lend you his tools.)
9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust. (Actually, the Bible is pretty comprehensive in this capacity. Read it to be wise; trust it to be sure.)
10. You will forget all this. (Unfortunately, this is all too true.)
- Learning to Swim (onechaoticsoul.wordpress.com)
- Ten Rules for Being Human (liveaisha.com)