Throughout October, I will be blogging a ‘gold nugget of truth’ each day, for this is the month when I celebrate my 30th birthday. I won’t be standing on the birthday box at church, but it’s 30 years this month since I first gave my life to Christ and in thirty years, it’s to be hoped I’ve learned a few things I can pass on to others! There would be something very sad and immature about life if we didn’t grow up, and just as we want our children to grow into mature adults, so God wants His children to develop and mature into the likeness of His Son, Jesus.

I’m not claiming to know it all – no one could do that and I’m far from any sense of feeling ‘I’ve arrived!’ Even Paul said ‘Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal…’ (Phil 3:12 TNIV), and I don’t think I’m anywhere near knowing as much as Paul did! But I do think that it is important that each one of us pass on to others the truths God has revealed to us. There is simply no point ‘re-inventing the wheel’, as the saying goes, and if we can help others along life’s journeys through the things God has taught us, then I believe we can sometimes help people to avoid the pitfalls and perils we’ve maybe fallen into. Paul urged the Thessalonians to ‘stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.‘ (2 Thess 2:15 TNIV)

I’d be interested to know if the thirty nuggets of gold I’m about to share are similar to the things you’ve learned or if you have experienced different lessons along this journey. Do feel free to comment and share your nuggets too! The amazing thing about the Christian journey is that God is teaching us all and there is great unity through diversity in His master plan!