Anyway, this past Sunday we looked into how we interpret the Bible and how we actually read it. Has had us flipping through our Bibles to a few different verses, and had us come upon the Book of James. I should have been focused on what he was teaching, but my eyes immediately driverted to the first page of the Book about trials, where the above scripture was written.
I know for myself personally that the past two years since graduation have brought me tremendous growth, while enduring the struggle of growing up, love, heartbreak, finances, and all the things that we can let consume us from time to time. Even the past year has been a huge feat and to quote John Mayer, if you hadn't seen me in a year, "you wouldn't know me if your eyes were closed." Well, perhaps that's not completely true. But you get what I'm saying. Crazy where a mere 12 months can take you.
So, chin up. I know things can be hard. (Real hard.) LIKE SERIOUSLY. I know. Basically you're just a big ball of worry, wondering how things will turn out or if you'll ever feel a certain way or if you'll ever find a job you dream of, blah blah blah. But at the end of the day, there should be some twinge of hope and joy knowing that while you're feeling low or unhappy, you are being molded by God's plan, and every success and failure was perfectly placed by Him to help build your character. If all you had was happiness, how would you appreciate it?
Right now in my life, I feel like I am more than capable, strong and content. I attribute most of this to faith, but a lot of it to how my parents raised me: with the eternal feeling that anything is possible. (Maybe why I'm still holding out for Justin Timberlake?) All kidding aside, I feel secure because I know that my foundation keep being built stronger by my experiences and frankly, right now I know what I want more than anything. Per a conversation with my friend Rachel this weekend, "We're smart. We know what we want. It makes things hard for us sometimes." Ladies and gents, while many may scoff or persecute you for being sure of something in your life -- no matter what it is -- know that you will receive, in abundance, many blessings. You just have to keep those goals, dreams and standards close to heart, and always, always, always speak of them.
"I have become my own version of an optimist... Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present." Joan Rivers
So just remember: “Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.” Mark Twain