Seeing the good this Thanksgiving
This year has been an awesome road to travel with imperfections, highs mountain tops, lower valleys, and breath taking scenery. This year I was baptized, started a bible study, went on a mission trip to Alaska, explored Catalina Island with my closest friends, went to Texas to see my sisters, finished my volleyball career, landed my first internship and more events to count. While, these past few months have been difficult given my circumstances, I find it important to not let this injury blind me from all the good in my life.
No one is perfect, and no one’s life will be either. Have you ever been in an argument with a longtime colleague/friend/boyfriend/etc. and the argument seems to overpower all the good memories you had together? Like somehow a 20-minute disagreement diminishes a lifetime of laughs, joy, and happiness. Psychologically that’s part of our human nature, we tend to hold on to the bad more than the good. Leaving our brains to let a small bump in the road overpower and become a mountain. Life is too short to hang onto the bad. With this recent injury, I am reminded that simply because something tragic happened to me in my life does not mean my life is tragic. That is, unless I give it the power to do so. Rather I will choose to see that I woke up this morning, I am healthy, I have a family that loves me, friends who support me, a roof over my head, and a God that is fulfilling a greater purpose in my life.
I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
When I was in Alaska, I witnessed an overwhelming feeling of joy for the life we live on earth. Like Carrie Underwood said, “this is our temporary home,” just a stepping stone to where we belong within the gates of heaven. But how great is it, that along our journey we get to experience love, heartbreak, joy, hardship and peace. This life could be boring and bland but God gave us a beautiful world. The freedom to choose, make mistakes, explore His creation, and a chance to believe. If life on earth was always good, would we need a God to lean on? Would we need faith? And would we be able to see the value in good things without experiencing some bad?
This thanksgiving I am reminded of how lucky I am regardless of recent heartache; I encourage you to do the same. Your path might be rough terrain, dark, and muddy right not and I know it is tough. But with time a new course my show its face, with sunshine the rain will dry, and with help, the potholes in the road you’re on will be repaired to make your journey a little easier. God never promised us that this life would be easy, but He did promise we would never be alone.
This thanksgiving I am grateful for….
- My family
- My friends
- My second home in Nashville
Join me in reflecting on what your grateful for this thanksgiving