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A Letter to My 21-Year-Old Self and 21-Days of Godliness Challenge

For physical training is of some value, but godliness (spiritual training) is of value in everything and in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come.

(1 Timothy 4:8)

If you could turn back time and write a letter to your 21-year-old-self, what would you tell her about godliness and wanting God?

Would you mention that godliness should be the most beautiful thing about her?

Would you give her advice about how you wished she had chosen godliness and not heartbreak? Would you express to her the value of godliness and God’s promise if she pursued it?

Three years ago, in January, this ministry hosted a prayer breakfast titled: Beautiful Godliness. Fast forward to January 2021, a couple weeks ago, our first workshop was titled: Godliness is the New Beautiful.

Why am I so adamant about the message of godliness?

In an article written by Pastor Matthew Payne—Whatever Happened to Pursuing Godliness—he writes:

In my experience most Christians aren’t very interested in godliness. My experience is that calls to godliness among modern Christians are largely met with silence. It doesn’t excite or interest us much. The Bible tells us endlessly to “be holy, be godly, pursue righteousness.” But that doesn’t get our hearts racing. What excites us are new ministry strategies and initiatives. We tend to get excited about outward actions, not personal renewal, or repentance.

The new year brings resolutions to get healthier and in shape physically. Men and women alike seek out trainers—spending time, money and effort in physical training which is a good thing.

But the Bible tells us that although physical training is of some value, there is greater value in being concerned about training spiritually because it has value in everything and in every way as it holds the promise for the present life and also the life to come.

When Jesus returns—he is not looking for how snatched our bodies are. He wants bodies that are offered to him as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.

Romans 12:1-2 says, Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Godliness is both personal and public. It is not a pursuit of perfection. It is a genuine pursuit of a relationship with God and living a life pleasing to Him.

The heartbeat of this ministry is 2 Corinthians 3:18 which says: Our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

We believe that being beautiful was never meant to be about us—and that our becoming is bigger than we realize.

Are you ready to pursue spiritual training for godliness? Want to embrace our new movement—Godliness is the New Beautiful? Join us for our 21-Days of Godliness Challenge.

The challenge starts tomorrow on February 1 and continues throughout the month of February. Every morning, you will receive in your inbox a godliness challenge for the day that will be life-changing and the ultimate bonus—be pleasing to God.

Invite your friends to subscribe to the website and join the challenge. Kick off the challenge today by writing a letter to your 21-year-old self with advice for the woman you are becoming in the journal.

Together, let’s be a witness that Godliness is the New Beautiful. Purchase our Godliness is the New Beautiful T-shirt or the Beautiful Godliness T-shirt on my shop page. Let’s make God known and declare that Godliness is the New Beautiful that the world is searching for.

Prayer: God, let our godliness say more about you than what we see in the mirror. That our relationship is not simply religious, but real and genuine. That our lives will point others to Jesus and give you glory. That girls and women everywhere will value what you value and never be ashamed of godliness and becoming beautiful for you.

Letter to 21-year-old Self Journal
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