Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend- I sure did! It was the first weekend in a while I haven’t been out of town or had visitors, and while I absolutely love both of those things, down time is always welcome!
I came across this quote on Pinterest last week, and it pretty much stopped me in my tracks and made me take a good, long look at myself, where I’m at in life, and the bad attitude I’ve had about that lately.
I feel like many times as Christians, when we’re not thrilled about the current state of our lives, we tend to look at what’s coming next. We say things like, “It will all work out in the end”, “Someday I will see how God can use this for good in my life”, and “Just be patient. God’s timing is perfect”. None of these things are bad, and they’re all true, but sometimes they don’t provide the encouragement we’re needing. They tell us we just have to “get through” whatever’s happening right now to get to the blessings that God has for us, and don’t tell us what to do right now. Sometimes, the mindset that you’ll have to wait for things to get better makes things even worse. That’s why I love this quote- it tells me that I can have abundant life right now.
But even that can be hard. If you’ll let me be honest for a second, here’s where I’m at in life:I’m I’m a senior in college, about to graduate with a “very versatile” Communication degree. So versatile, in fact, that I have no idea what I want to do. At least once a week, someone asks me what I’m going to do when I graduate, and it makes me want to scream. I have no idea what my life is going to look like eight months from now, and I’m terrified. I love College Station, but I feel like I’m too old for partying and college shenanigans, while at the same time, I’m not ready to be a full-on adult just yet. Both of my best friends live in different cities now, and it’s been super hard without them. I have more activities and commitments than I have time for, and I’m constantly exhausted. I feel like I’m ‘stuck’ at this weird stage, and it’s been really hard to have a good attitude about pretty much anything. Yes, I know that God will work everything out for me in the future, and yes, that gives me a lot of comfort, but I can’t just mope around until He decides to show me His plans- that’s no good for anybody.
That’s what I realized when I came across these wise words. It may be difficult to understand and find joy in my very uncertain state of life right now, but there are so many reasons to love life and live it well. I started to think about the story God’s written for me so far, and it’s pretty awesome. I have seen Him do great things in me and through me, and I know He will continue to do so. I have seen Him use my weaknesses to make Himself known to me and others, and to make me aware of the fact that I’m nowhere near perfect and don’t have to be. And I can see that right now, I am at a scary and uncertain yet very exciting time in my life. I may not know what I want my career to be, but that gives me the opportunity to explore many different options. I may not get to see my close friends as much as I want, but they are the best friends I could ever ask for, and I know that I’m blessed to have them in my life. I may have such a full calendar that I cry at least once a week because I’m overwhelmed (this is a fact, and I should really think about cutting something out), but I have lots of new opportunities to meet new friends and learn new things. Most importantly, however God is showing me that if I am obedient and trust Him, he will be faithful and bless me.
Even though “things aren’t really super fun for me right now,” as I recently told my mother, I am learning to look for the good in every situation, and love the story God is writing for me. If you are in the same boat, I would encourage you to remember that abundant life is something always available to you- sometimes it just requires a little shift in perspective.
Thanks for letting me share a more personal side of myself this week- I hope you didn’t mind! That’s all for meow!