Rules To Live By

On the TV show, NCIS, Jethro Gibbs has a list of rules that his team works by. When I was watching the seventh season, I decided to make my own list of rules ’cause “Everybody needs a code to live by”. My list differs from Gibbs’; it doesn’t contain “Never go anywhere without a knife” or “Never mess with a Marines coffee…if you want to live”. My list is things I have learned on this journey and things I try to live by.

1. Always trust that voice in your head.

2. Cry when you need to.

3. Don’t set your hope up so high that they get crushed.

4. Never suspect.

5. Take time to soak in the beauty around you.

6. Break the rules every now and then.

7. Believe in yourself.

8. Think before you speak.

9. Try to wait. Good things happen to those who wait.

10. Don’t be judgemental.

11. Always try your best it’s all you can do.

12. Be aware of your surroundings.

13. Ignore the devil at all costs.

14. Always be there for your friends.

15. Pay attention to detail.

16. Second chances are a gift, don’t spoil them.




Remembering the past is something I don’t like doing. In the past, I was a completely different person, than I am now. I made a lot of mistakes I’m not proud of, which I think we all have things we aren’t proud of. Our mistakes are something are something we try to forget, no matter how hard it is. Everybody makes mistakes. The mistakes we make usually come with regrets. Our regret can take over our lives if we wallow in them too long. So to help and myself, I have compiled a list of 3 thing to help us stop wallowing it them.

1. Admit to yourself that you messed up.
This is really hard, to tell yourself that you messed up.

2. Write down your mistakes, so you b can look at them. And after wards, burn it. My youth minister had us do this; minus the burning part. He wanted us to throw it away. I didn’t, when I got home,I burned it!!

3. Find an accountability partner, someone you trust. And tell them your mistakes.
I have an accountability partner. I have an accountability partner. It’s my best friend, Kelley. Kelley and I have been friends since we were in the nursery at church. I trust Kelley completely and she with me.
So those are my 3 steps. I hope they help you and I’m going to work on not wallowing in my mistakes.