Don’t Give up Protein in Your 20s

The decade when we are in our twenties is very important and fun.  It is a time of discovery, developing and growing as individuals, and for some, as new families.

During our 20s we would never think about living those ten years only eating carbs and no protein.  We need the strength to discover, develop and grow to get through that exciting decade. Yet, many of us starve a core part of our nature that is imperative for joyful discovery, development and growth – our heart, the spiritual person each one of us is.

During our twenties we develop who we are, core characteristics that lay the course for our later years.  In our 20s we explore who we are, what our mind is like, what our strengths are, what our weaknesses are, and what our heart is like. For many 20 somethings we begin developing the professional person we are.  We develop relationships with our friends, we explore our hobbies and recreations.  We lay the foundations for what is important to us.

While in our 20s some of us will find that special someone with whom we wish to spend the rest of our lives.  Our discovery, development, and growth then will include two people.  He or she becomes part of molding our lives and we become a part of molding theirs – a new family is developing.

We expand our circle of love with the birth of our first child and maybe one or two more over time in that 20 something decade.  With the births of our children the deeper concepts of sharing and love develop and flourish.  Our deeper relationships are part of our discovery, development, and growth.

We may wish to word each paragraph above a little differently to fit our personal circumstances, but the discovery, development, and growth is true for us all during our 20s.

During our 20s we have high goals, we have high dreams, we are in a very exciting time of our lives.  Yet, too many 20 somethings forget about Jesus and their spiritual life.

If a person was so busy during their 20s that they forgot to eat balanced meals, we know what would happen – illness.  Similarly, to discover, develop and grow without God, without Jesus, without care for our spiritual wellbeing also causes spiritual illness and spiritual death.

It may seem that our 20s are so busy that we do not have time for one more thing.  The result, many ignore Jesus and our own spirit.  But that is like forgetting to eat balanced meals – we would not want to forget eating balanced meals, so do not forget the good of Jesus and our relationship with the LORD.  A focus on the true God enriches our discovery, our development, our growth, our joy, our family, and our love.  We want to desire Jesus just as much as we desire all those other good things that take place in our 20s.  Discover, develop, and grow, AND do all those with Jesus, for he said …

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.  They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10)

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