Dear Younger Me – by MercyMe

Maybe you’re like me and you have an incredible deficit in understanding what song lyrics say.  This is something my kids love to tease me about. Too true. I’m often caught singing the wrong words — or not singing at all since I have no idea what is being said.

Well, this is one example of that.  I’ve heard this song a dozen or more times on the radio, but had no idea he was saying “Dear Younger Me.”

For those of you who have been thinking of this song as I’ve been posting this series: WAY TO GO.  For the rest of us, here it is.

One critique: I’m concerned when Christian songs proclaim over the radio “You are holy, you are righteous, you are one of the redeemed,” etc. because not everyone listening has been born again into a saving faith in Jesus Christ.  But, to those of you who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, Amen.  I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t gone down the roads that I have.  Does that mean I should go on sinning that grace may abound?  BY NO MEANS.  So, forget what lies behind and press on to the high calling of Jesus Christ.  Praise Him.


Dear younger me
Where do I start
If I could tell you everything that I have learned so far
Then you could be
One step ahead
Of all the painful memories still running thru my head
I wonder how much different things would be
Dear younger me,
Dear younger me
I cannot decide
Do I give some speech about how to get the most out of your life
Or do I go deep
And try to change
The choices that you’ll make cuz they’re choices that made me
Even though I love this crazy life
Sometimes I wish it was a smoother ride
Dear younger me, dear younger me
If I knew then what I know now
Condemnation would’ve had no power
My joy my pain would’ve never been my worth
If I knew then what I know now
Would’ve not been hard to figure out
What I would’ve changed if I had heard
Dear younger me
It’s not your fault
You were never meant to carry this beyond the cross
Dear younger me
You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart a brand new heart
You are free indeed
Every mountain every valley
Thru each heartache you will see
Every moment brings you closer
To who you were meant to be
Songwriters: Barry Graul / Bart Millard / Ben Glover / David Arthur Garcia / Mike Scheuchzer / Nathan Cochran / Robby Shaffer
Dear Younger Me lyrics © Music Services, Inc

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