Being a 20-something. Never has there been a more mixed season. Here I am in the middle of it, at 25. So far, this decade has harbored the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. It has been ugly and beautiful, trying and joyful.
Why this dichotomy? One word: transition. Oh, transition, what a love/hate relationship we have.
Messy, crazy messy — and perhaps the prettiest mess of my life. My 20s have been a pretty mess because of redemption.
Redemption came first in this realization: I am not alone in this life. What I’m going through, both struggling and celebrating, is common. I am not alone. This hit me just after college graduation, when I watched my peers and friends walk the same emotional, uncertain path.
When I learned about Sarah Martin’s book Stress Point, this we’re all in this together feeling flooded back. Insightfully and oh-so-relevantly, Sarah tackles many of the topics that play such key roles in our 20-something life. Body image, relationships, work/life, making an impact on this world . . . as a young adult, it’s easy to think it’s only me. And we, friends, are not alone. Sarah teaches us in Stress Point that these themes are not unique. But how we handle them can be! How we handle these trials in life can make our communities better places, connect us to those around us and glorify Christ.
Redemption came secondly when I started to look beyond myself for support. In my 20s, I am learning the art of the mutual lean — you lean on me, I lean on you, you know? In my 20s, I learned community. I found support in places I always wanted and in places I never imagined.
This is the kind of stuff I hope I’ll celebrate when I blow out 30 candles in just 4-ish years.
And Sarah Martin — she’s one of the good ones, one of the blessings we 20-somethings can lean on.
I’ll never forget when we chatted on the phone. On. The. Phone. I had a phone call earlier this year with a “real” blogger! Her generosity blew me away. She told me about this book, her ministry, her life and I just marveled at her wisdom and her totally fun spirit. Her movement to rise up for Christ inspired my 30-day practice-to-habit challenge earlier this year.
(Thank you, sweet Sarah.)
Let me tell you, friends, her spirit shines through this book. It’s full of spiritual plus practical, introspective plus outward reflection.
Furthermore, this book isn’t just for ladies in this decade. It’s a good read for anyone who connects with, ministers to or simply connects with this generation.
And here’s where things get exciting. I’m honored to give away a copy of Stress Point! (Thank you, Sarah, for generously providing this!)
- Prize: A free copy of Sarah Martin’s brand new book Stress Point.
- To enter: Comment on this post with the words “STRESS POINT” and tell me . . .
- Bonus question (not necessary to be entered, but still fun): . . . what do you love about being a 20-something? Or, if you’re older and wiser, what did you love about being a 20-something?
- Giveaway closes: Sunday, June 17 at 11:59 pm EST.
- Number of winners: One.
- Prize ships: The United States or Canada (sorry, overseas friends! Still love you!)
- Other stuff: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winner will be selected randomly and announced on Monday, June 18.