Whether you know someone turning 25, or you are turning 25 yourself,
you may have heard both ends of the stick: good and bad things about being 25.
This blog shows GOOD things and reasons to be happy about turning this age,
plus some biblical insights and advice to encourage the birthday boy/girl.
- You begin to [more deeply] discover who you want to be, who you really are, who your real friends are, etc.....and start moving your life in that direction.
- You can tell people you are a "quarter of a century old" and demand a quarter each time you say it. Totally acceptable.
- Ladies: You finally can (and must) start dating MEN, not boys. By 25, it should be easier to tell which guys have matured since college days. And if they haven't by now, they're a lost cause.
- Relationships have a lot more meaning when you're older, so choose wisely. You're out of your "I just want a boyfriend" days and into the "I'm not wasting my time with anyone unless there's real potential" days. That IS a good thing because you can tell this legitimate excuse to your family when they ask you if you're dating someone.
- Remember: If you're not married right now and don’t have kids, that can be a really good thing! Such commitments can restrain or limit the possibilities you have when you are young and single (especially when it comes to traveling, career choices, nightlife, etc). When you find the right one, those things won't matter anymore. But embrace your opportunities as a young and single career person!
- Many people consider turning 25 a “mid-life crisis” year. So if this year does happen to suck, you can blame it on turning 25. But if it rocks (which it will), then you can say, “That's how I roll!” and wave your hands in the air like you just don't care.
- You start to analyze the direction of your life and reflect on accomplishments or lack thereof.
- You should still look young enough to get carded when you buy alcoholic beverages. But if you don’t get carded, take it as a compliment that you look like a mature adult. ;-)
- You can finally rent a car, anywhere.
- You can finally rent a beach house without having to be in a "family."
- The price of car insurance drops at age 25.
- You can now understand and identify with Blink 182's song "What's My Age, Again?"
- You still have 5 more years in your 20’s.
- (Hopefully) you’re wiser than last year. :-)
- You start setting realistic goals, let go of unrealistic goals, and work towards them.
- You should be completely independent by now…which means you can do what YOU want and you are completely in control of your life and decisions.
- Even though being frugal was important in college, it becomes even more important to you once you are independent and in charge of your expenses. Be frugal and live simply.
- You are at a point in your life that you decide which direction you want to take your life, regardless of what anyone else thinks or wants. Whichever route you take, you know that you are completely responsible for what happens and you must accept any possible consequences. This is why it is wise to listen to counsel from elders and most importantly, seek God for wisdom.
- You are legally able to drive an antique / classic car with your insurance. If you can afford one.
- Both young and old finally consider you a legitimate adult.
- There’s always a “Top 25” of something cool. Like Top 25 Reasons To Love Being 25.
- Younger peers will turn to you for advice, especially when they need tips about entering the "real world" after graduating. You are more experienced in the "real world" than even those who entered it a year or two ago. You're like a role model!
- Unless you are pursuing a high level degree, you don't have to go to school anymore and spend all-nighters studying for an exam.
- If you're done with school, you now work to get paychecks...not grades.
- Your maturity level has grown much more, you see things differently than you did when you were younger.
Biblical Advice and Verses:
Even though you are an independent adult, seek God for wisdom and be open to your (Christian) elder’s advice and counsel, for they are older and wiser and have experienced much in life. More often than not, they have gone through the same things as you have.
- “Listen to counsel and accept discipline that you may be wise the rest of your days.” Proverbs 19:20
- “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who hears counsel is wise.” Proverbs 12:15
- “He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.” Proverbs 13:18
You should always (regardless of age) turn to prayer and God’s Word for wisdom and guidance...
- “Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, ‘Life is not pleasant anymore.’ Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky. Remember him before your legs start to tremble and before your shoulders stoop. Remember him before your teeth stop grinding and before your eyes see dimly.” Ecclesiastes 12:1-3
- “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. But when you ask Him, make sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is unsettled. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” James 1: 5-8
God's Word is a "lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path." God's Word serves as an instruction guide to our life, with relevant and applicable stories/examples that relate to our current situations and issues.
- “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
"I don't know what my future holds, but I do know who holds my future." -Tim Tebow
- “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog, here for a little while and then it’s gone. You shouldn’t say what you are going to do or have in the future. What you ought to say is “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that, God willing.” Otherwise, you are boasting about your own plans and such boasting is evil. Remember, it is also a sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” James 4: 13-17
- “A man cannot discover anything about his future.” Ecclesiastes 7:14
- “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
Don't let money rule your life. If you care most about having a high paying salary and having nice materialistic things like a car or home, or do not give to those in need with a generous heart, God will see that you love the world more than Him and that you idolize money. The first and most important commandment is to "Have no other gods before me." He despises anything that you love and worship before Him. Remember that.
- “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
- “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
- “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5
- “He who loves money shall never have enough. The foolishness of thinking that wealth brings happiness!” Ecclesiastes 5:10
- “A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9
- “ ‘We are allowed to do anything,’ so they say. That is true, but not everything is good. ‘We are allowed to do anything’—but not everything is helpful. None of you should be looking out for your own interests, but for the interests of others.” 1 Corinthians 10:23-25
- “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree; they will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age; they will be fresh and flourishing. ” Psalm 92:12-14
- “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow.” 1 Corinthians 3: 7
- “He who leans on, trusts in, and is confident in his riches shall fall, but the righteous shall flourish like a green bough.” Proverbs 11: 28
- “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37: 4
- “You want what you don’t have, but you can’t obtain it so jealously and hatred becomes of you. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong. You want only what will give you pleasure. Don’t you realize that a friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, if you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.” James 4:2-4
Do not worry about anything, but put your full trust and faith in the Lord and he will be with you.
- “When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance has fully developed, you will be complete, needing nothing.” James 1: 2- 4
- “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
- “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:25-26
- “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food and the body more than clothes.” Luke 12:22-23