Over the years I have picked up biblical wisdom, wisdom from life, from books, and from other people.  There is much I know now I wish I had known when I was young.  If you are graduating high school, college, trade school or just moving into your adult life, there are some things you need to know.  

And you can apply most of them to your life, wherever you are in your life.

Here is a list of Ten ……

1) You were created by God and for God. 

If you live this, low self-esteem will never be an issue.

 God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them.  Gen 1:27

when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit… 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us everything he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people.  Eph 1:13-14 NLT

 2) You don’t have to be old to make a difference. 

You can be spiritually, emotionally, and mentally mature without being old.  Commitment, character and attitude are what make a difference. 

 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.  1 Tim 4:12-13 NLT

 3)  God has great plans for you.  Stay connected to Him and get to know God well. 

This kind of motivation will give you confidence and contentment, two things people strive for their whole life. 

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  Jer 29:11 NLT

 4)  Choose God before choosing your profession.  

Everyone wants to know God’s will in their lives, it’s not about what the job is supposed to be.  If you are close to God, you will know God, and you will do the right thing.

As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed.”  Rom 10: 12 NLT

 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.  Eph 2:10 NLT

 5)  Keep choosing God and God will keep changing you. 

 God wants to change you into the person who He can use to make maximum impact.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.  Rom 12:2 NLT

 6)  Make God’s goal your goal.  God’s goal is for you to be like Jesus.

You will always know what to do to reach this goal if you focus on this being your goal, and practice the disciplines of the faith.

 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. Rom 8:29 NLT

 7)  Continually look to God for help.

God will never abandon you.  He wants to help you but He does not force himself on you.

 If you need wisdom–if you want to know what God wants you to do–ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.  James 1:5 NLT

 For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. Phil 4:13 NLT

 8)  Choose your friends carefully. 

This is so important.  A close friend’s  influence can make you or break you.  Set the bar high for your closest friends and the person you are going to marry. 

 There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.  Prov 18:24 NLT

 Don’t envy evil people; don’t desire their company. Prov 24:1 NLT

 As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.  Prov 27:17 NLT

 9) If you are a Christian, marry a Christian. 

I have counseled with so many couples who thought being on the same page spiritually was not such a big deal.  It did not take long to realize, they were so wrong.   And it is way more of a problem for the believer who wants to practice his or her faith, and bring the kids up Christian, than for the non-believer.  It’s always easier to pull someone down than to pull him up.

Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 2 Cor 6:14-15 NLT

Don’t even have a dating or serious relationship with someone who is not marrying material.  As soon as you realize he or she does not meet your marrying standards, stop the relationship.  So many bad marriages could be avoided with better dating choices.

If you let the emotions of falling in love influence your bad choice, it may not bother you now, but you will have great regrets later. 

10)  Remember Christian, this is a test.

As a Christian you are heading to heaven when you are done here.  God will ask you what you did with all he gave you and you will be eternally rewarded accordingly.  A little extra incentive to live your life well.

Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God.   Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God. Rom 14:10,12 NLT

Question:  From your experience, can you think of any others?