24 August 2018
Dear Twenty- Something,
“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” – John Steinback
Have I stopped lately to tell you how proud I am of you?!
You have said yes to so many exciting things- being brave and trying new and scary things.
You are excercising three days a week, and are planning to get to 4-5 days a week. Who would’ve thought you’d ever get there? (I am only partly kidding)
Also, dude, I am proud of you for eating the egg rolls while watching the Barbie documentary on hulu and reading Magnolia Journal. Because tonite, you took time to just breathe, and gather yourself, and treat yourself with love.
I am proud of you for embracing change. I am proud of you for never losing that work ethic.
I am proud of you for making new friends, and I am proud of your for keeping the friendships you have going. I am also proud of you for rekindling old friendships, even though it sometimes seems like friendships as an adult can be really hard to navigate.
Girlfriend, I am proud of you.
Keep up the good work.
“He became so much involved with man that He Himself became man. Through Jesus, God became “an affectively attractive presence,” to the point that it would challenge our hearts forever.” (Fraternity Exercises- First Lesson pg. 11)
I am honestly not sure when I have read a more true statement.
Each and every day, I find myself in awe of the world around me, and the goodness and beauty that reside in my life.
Friends who text me to tell me they love me. Friends who ask for prayer. A new style of workout that is fun and engaging. A burning desire to know more and become better.
These things do not happen as mere coincidence. Jesus challenges my heart in every moment of every day. In the times when I have no patience but need an ounce more. In the times when I am tired but I need to give just a few more moments to be a listening ear. How often has someone given me these precious gifts- moments of peace and security in an otherwise troublesome world. How often someone has been the face of Christ to me.
I want to be like Him. I want to sit with the people whom I love and listen to their stories. I want to be a part of their story. I want to share in their experience. I want to be able to build others up when they need the support. I want to love at no cost, and love when there is not enough to go around in this world.
I want to rise to the occasion of this challenge, and never stop trying to be the person that He is asking me to be.