Notes to my 42 year old self

James “JP “ Poulter
Aug 10 · 2 min read

This is a rolling blog post of notes I am keeping to remind myself what’s important. It was inspired by a conversation between two of my spiritual mentors Craig Groeschel and Bob Goff on Craig’s fantastic Leadership Podcast.

In that interview, Bob talks about talking to your 10 year older self, and how when we do that we remember what’s important. What we want our future to look like, and crucially where God may be prompting us to be looking.

So, 42 year old JP, here are some things to remember:

  • You won’t have achieved everything you want to, because you never stop wanting the next thing. You’ve always been this way, and in all likelyhood you will always be. It’s OK to have that in your DNA. It’s OK to be an earlier adopter, not just in shopping but in all things. Jesus called some to be Apostles — Apostleship is about going out and taking ground. So keep taking it.
  • You will have made some stupid decisions by now, but that’s OK. God has enough Grace to cover stupid stuff. Even yours.
  • Those girls of yours are still the most important thing. Hold them tighter, cherish them more richly, delight in their laughter and having them close, because they won’t always be under your roof.
  • The next 10 quarters mean nothing compared to the next 10 years. It goes by in the blink of an eye. You worth has nothing to do with what’s in the bank, but what’s in the bank is there for your to steward. Don’t bury the talents like the foolish man, but invest your greatest assets wisely.
  • She is still your bride, treat her that way every day.
  • The “next big thing”, isn’t. We see through a glass darkly, remember that.
  • He Is Faithful In All Things.

“Don’t micromanage people. Instead, point to the horizon and lead them there.” –@bobgoff

James “JP “ Poulter

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