This summer has not panned out like I thought it would. There’s been some good memories, time spent with my new girl, Mea, and several devastating events. Through these gut wrenching times, God has taught me a few things that I wanted to share.
First, (I thought this was cliché but it really is true) “you don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the only thing you’ve got.” A series of devastating events this summer led to numerous sleepless nights, several weeks of putting on a face that everything was okay, and wondering if things were ever going to get better. Despite whatever tragic events are going on in your life you have to be strong. Trusting God has total control over the situation no matter how horrific and praying for the strength to keep going is the the best way to be strong. Being strong in the Lord is your best weapon against anything (the good, bad, and the ugly) in life.
Second, I learned that it is okay to let your guard down. It’s okay to cry and let it out…because honestly crying does make you feel better. I honestly did not want to cry because I thought it made me look weak. But one night I called my boyfriend and just cried…I couldn’t hold it together any longer. The words I remember most about our conversation were “it’s okay Lib, you’re okay, God is in control.” And let me tell you what, he was right. God is in control and He knows exactly what He’s doing. Sometimes it is okay to not be strong for a little, it’s okay to let your guard down.
Third, don’t take anything for granted. Don’t take one day, one second, one breath for granted. One day things could be great and the next something you didn’t think you took for granted can be taken from you. I’ve learned you don’t truly appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone. So make sure you tell your loved ones you love them as much as you can, enjoy your sport or whatever you are passionate about as much as possible…most importantly don’t take any of it for granted.
Finally. It is all about perspective. Don’t get upset over the little things like your friends not inviting you places, not getting the newest purse or pair of shoes, or not getting your way. Keep your priorities in line and make sure you are not getting yourself worked up over what doesn’t matter. Ultimately, there is someone out there who has it worse than you.
This summer has brought me closer than ever to my Savior and I couldn’t be happier. I have learned to be genuinely happy and that my joy is in the Lord and He is all I will ever need. Always remember, if something is going wrong in life…It’s going to be okay because God is in control.