Many of my peers from grade school to college have or will be hitting a milestone. That milestone is 30 years of age. For some reason many of us, especially of my generation and younger are super critical of ourselves once this birthdate approaches. We criticize ourselves on the jobs we have; our relationship statuses; the goals we set up; the roofs over our heads; our income; even the amount of children we have or don’t have.
As a person who criticizes himself and is often criticized for what I haven’t done or don’t have, I encourage you brothers and sisters to do the following. One: don’t rush yourself. Just because you’re not moving at someone else’s speed does not make you a failure. Your critics are probably the people who don’t like being criticized themselves. Why they do this to others- I know not. Two: take social media breaks, because I believe we get consumed in staring and comparing lives. You are only getting a few photos and videos of one’s life; not the whole package. Third: remember the life of Jesus. It was at age 30 that He began His three year ministry(Luke 3:23). His goal was not to gain fame; the best stuff; or political power, but His mission was a mission of love. Let’s name a couple accomplishments of His mission. He saved a woman accused of adultery from being stoned and taught us not to judge(John 8:1-11). Healed the servant of a Roman Centurion, an enemy of Israel( Matthew 5:8-13). Freed a mute man from a demon and made the man speak Matthew 9:32-34). Fed five thousand people who had been with Him for days just to hear Him speak (Matthew 14: 13-21).
I don’t know about you, but spending your 30s or any age range doing good for others and enjoying every minute of it, is far grander than any personal gain. Happy Belated Birthday, Happy Early Birthday, or Happy Birthday to you.