Now is your time. Become, believe, try. Walk closely with people you love and other people who believe that God is very good and life is a grand adventure. Don’t spend time with people who make you feel like less than you are. Don’t get stuck in the past and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can and keep traveling honestly along life’s path. –Shauna Niequist
The quote above comes from my latest read, Bittersweet. It’s at the end of my very favorite chapter so far, Twenty-Five. This chapter spoke to my heart last night. After a prayerful time before bed, I opened up my Kindle app and decided to read a bit before going to sleep. I was flooded by so many life-defining thoughts and questions to truthfully answer. Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? What have I learned about God this year? What parts of my childhood faith am I leaving behind, and what parts am I choosing to keep with me for this leg of the journey? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life or make me feel small? These questions Shauna poses in this chapter, and as I asked myself these very questions, I found I wanted to give myself very truthful answers.
What have I learned about God this year?
This year, I have learned that God will never leave me or forsake me. As a Twenty-Fiveish (23) year old, I have given myself space – space to define my faith on my own and with my husband. And what I’ve learned is that no matter what comes my way, I have a God that is all powerful. He gives me strength to press on. When I’m struggling, He is always there – He puts people in my life to encourage me in this journey and to actively be the person He wants me to be. I’m thankful and blessed beyond anything I could ever have imagine.
There are a few more questions I want to answer and maybe I’ll share them with you, but until then – will you answer them yourself, just to yourself and be truthful. Challenge yourself. It’s an incredible thing to sit down and really think, “Am I proud of the life I’m living?”
Happy Monday, Friends!