Wow, it’s been awhile since my last post. Needless to say a lot of life has happened in the last 3 months. School really overwhelmed me the last couple weeks of the semester and I don’t really know how I managed to pull grades that were as good as I had. But that was the least of it. A week or so before finals I got a text that nobody ever wants to get. On April 25th my grandfather passed away.So in the midst of studying and writing papers and everything else a typical college kid does I also prepared to fly out to California three days after my last final was finished to let go of a relationship that did not have much of a chance to blossom due to the fact that we were separated by 1,500 miles. I never thought so many things could hit me at once, and then 6 days later my grandmother passed away. But God’s timing is always perfect and He has reasons for everything. Loss is never easy, as it shouldn’t be, but God can turn disaster into something beautiful. Getting to love on my extended family on the days surrounding my grandparents memorial service was great.
I learned a lot from that whole experience. I learned that to truly live is to be always present where you are both physically and mentally. People need you whether they are able to express it or not. You may not know what battles they are facing until you take the chance to dig below the surface. It is crucial that we as followers of Christ make ourselves available to those around us to be unified with each other even if that means we are faced with inconvenient situations that require us to put ourselves aside and put off those things we want to do in order to help someone we come in contact with. I challenge you to come out of your own bubble you live in and encounter as many people as you can today. I strongly believe you will find the return you get from that experience is far more than the investment you made.
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” Luke 6:35
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” 1 Peter 3:8