Hi, friends! I am currently sitting in my apartment and as the day winds down, I thought I would share a few thoughts with you guys!
Last week, I put up some pictures of a tee shirt I designed to help go towards me living in China while I am teaching. The shirt has a saying on it. It reads:
I Am With You Always
Those words are inspired from a passage in Matthew. It is actually some of Jesus’ last recorded words and they are ones that I find myself clinging to time and time again. The idea for my shirts came when I was writing a blog, My Life Down I-65, which was a very challenging blog to write as it was about my life, the good and bad times, with emphasis on those dark times we try to sweep under the rug and never revisit. The blog still isn’t even technically finished. It’s quite difficult to let go of.
Anyway, as I was reminiscing in my mind about the dark times of my life, I was reminded of these words of Jesus and how simply amazing it is that I am still here. I’m entering a new chapter of my life, which is scary, but it is also truly wonderful that I am able to do what I am doing. I owe every bit of that to God.
I am here to tell you that it does get better. Life continues and it is so easy to sit and dwell on the negative and the overwhelming power that evil can have on us. It is scary and, if you’re anything like me, you want to just bury your head in the sand.
My life has certainly not been the easiest, by any means, but even more so it has not been the hardest. People perceive and experience pain in different extremes and we a lot of times we have a hard time seeing that. Either we step back and compare our life to theirs and ask why they complain so much and seem like their world is ending, or we throw a pity party for ourselves and beg for attention and empathy to help us cope with the devastation brought upon us.
Something may seem minuscule to you, but a mountain to someone else, and vice versa. A couple of things about this:
1. Don’t judge someone else because of how they are handling their hard times. We do not know their hear and afflictions. We have no right.
2. If you are facing a mountain, I am here to encourage you. I am here to let you know that every mountain was made to be conquered. As a conquerer of mountains in my own life, these times will pass.
It is so hard to read that, but that’s coming from Jesus. I am with you always, even to the end of the age. How miraculous. Where we are on the mountain is holy ground.
With this blog and this shirt, I am officially putting my official hashtag (thats right, officially official) out into the interweb. It is #Come2Know. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for others who may be on the same mountain as you. Encourage them, bring them to the higher realm of understanding that you have come to know (see what I did there?)
That’s about it for me here, guys. I think I’m going to grab some pretzels to munch on.
Peace to you.