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A 12-year-old Tennessee girl touched the lives of those she left behind, and many more around the world because of a letter she had written to her future self. Taylor Smith died due to complications of pneumonia in early January, 2014. At her memorial service, her friends shared the ways Taylor had encouraged them, but it wasn’t until her parents went through boxes in her room that they got the biggest encouragement. They found poems, journals, and letters of encouragement she had written to people, including a letter she had written to her future self. The letter said it wasn’t to be opened until April 2023, and in it Taylor offered a lot of encouragement, wisdom, and advice to herself. Her parents said the best lines was, ”Stuff has happened good and bad, that’s just how life works and you have to go with it.” Taylor’s father said her life was “a perfect example of what it is to love God and to love people. She showed me how God loves, she didn’t see anything on the exterior she only saw the inside and what was best about you.” —Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Johnson City girl's letter to her future self makes national headlines after her death, by Allie Hinds, http://www.wjhl.com/story/24389289/johnson-city-girls-life-remembered, Accessed January 10, 2014.

1 Corinthians 4:13 (ESV) when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.

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