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What would you say to yourself 10 years ago?

Get in a time machine with me and go back ten years. You arrive in 2001 – a year that brought a great deal of change. The World Trade Center is still standing; maybe we all look a little naive in retrospect. If you could talk to the self that you were then and say anything, what would it be? &n…
By Seth Barnes
Get in a time machine with me and go back ten years. You arrive in 2001 – a year that brought a great deal of change. The World Trade Center is still standing; maybe we all look a little naive in retrospect. If you could talk to the self that you were then and say anything, what would it be?
 
Our kids were all teenagers – Talia was getting ready to go off to college. I was just starting to learn about discipleship.
 
If I could visit myself and have a little talk, I’d probably tell my 2001 self to relax, listen to God’s voice and ease up on all the strategic planning. The best work stuff I did in the decade to come couldn’t be planned. Our involvement in Swaziland was the result of a phone call from a friend. The World Race was the result of another conversation. Our work in New Orleans happened when Katrina hit.
 
As I listened to God’s voice, he drew me deeper into a discipleship-focused ministry, beginning with our own kids. As I reflect on what advice I might give myself, I probably wouldn’t change too much about it – but I might have wanted myself to have more fun along the way.
 
What about you – what would you tell your 2001 self?

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