2016 has been a big year for me. There have been times that have felt like more than I can take, and times that I will forever cherish in my memories. Today I came home from a retreat at my favorite place in the world, hanged out with some old acquaintances who are now awesome friends, and gained much inspiration to fully dedicate myself to Christ in 2017. The Lord has worked in my heart so much this year, and I can’t begin to list all the things He has taught me. If I had to summarize everything, it would have to be that He is always there, His way is best, He never fails, and my wildest dreams can not compare to the awesomeness of His plans for me. I’ve made more mistakes than I can number, I cried more tears than I can count, and I’ve felt my fair share of heart ache. But He forgave my mistakes, He dried every tear, and He took the pain and made it one of the most beautiful and happiest experiences I’ve ever had. I know 2017 won’t be perfect, and I don’t what all I’ll have to face, but I’m ready; because He direct my paths. Will you let Him direct your’s?
Check out my New Year’s resolution here. Happy New Year!
On our way to our relatives’ houses for Thanksgiving, my family and I passed an ambulance. We were able to catch just a glimpse of who was inside. My dad said it was a little girl; my siblings insisted that it was a little boy. Whatever the gender, we all knew that it was a child. Passing by that emergency vehicle, the thought hit me harder than it ever had before…life is fragile. Without God’s incomprehensible knowledge, we would be mere robots. But He gave us a conscience…thoughts…a soul. As I lifted up a silent prayer for that child, I realized that not only are our physical bodies so dependent on God, but even more so dependent on Him are our mental states. I personally know that I wouldn’t be where I am; wouldn’t live the life that I’m living; without having been born into a Christian family and accepting Christ as my personal Savior years ago. I don’t even want to think about how terrible of a state I’d be in. Because the struggle is real. Literally. It’s not easy to navigate the teen years. There is peer pressure, corrupt media, horrid influences, confused feelings, and a seemingly endless mission to find purpose. Even for Christian teens like me who have been as sheltered as possible from all the negativities of our world. We have problems, fears, and temptations just like that kid down the block…but we have Jesus. Without Him, I would be nothing. Without Him, I am nothing. He is the reason why I wake up every day with hopes, dreams, and the persistent whisper that I am known and so very dearly loved.
I’m honestly not surprised to see the world the way it is. People are searching; searching for something to satisfy their starving souls. Time and time again, they come up empty , and they don’t understand why. Then they go right on to the next thing just to be let down and crushed once more.
Jesus is our escape route.
Jesus is our escape route. Now, more than ever, we need to be spreading the news that there is a Way, and there is Life. A Life of freedom from the chains of destruction, doubt, and death. So live with this knowledge and shine. Part the darkness, spread the news; there is hope for the lost.