Saturday evening. An evening that I will not soon forget. I was on my way home from work and needed to stop to fill up on gas. So I stopped by the local gas station and purchased my gas and went on my way. Little did I know that a few moments later I would be standing on the side of the road completely petrified as I look at my damaged car. I collided with another driver at an intersection just a few miles away from the gas station. Thankfully both of us were not hurt physically, however I was left with a very scary memory. Soon the emergency officials came and everything was taken care of from there.
This terrifying event taught me to realize that life is very precious and should not be taken for granted. Think about the amount of times we get into our cars and not think twice about the risk we are taking. We are never promised the next moment or the next breath. It is imperative that we live in such a way that honors the fact that life is precious. Value each moment, every person in your life, and every experience. Even though this accident was bad, it taught me to be aware at all times and to value my life. I thank God for this lesson that he has revealed to me in a very unexpected way.
The weight of the world is on your shoulders
Everyone is depending on you
What will they do if you aren’t there
Will your rest tear them away from theirs?
Get up and go
There is no time for rest
The world screams this to you
Oh weary soul
Don’t listen to that.
Listen to the grace that calls
Gently and tenderly
There is rest for you
Time for you to heal
Time for you to grow
Oh my soul
Please come back to this grace
Find your rest
Find yourself once again
Being selfless is a skill that we develop when we care about others. We want to do everything in our power to make sure that everyone around us is satisfied and happy. In our professional lives, we want to make sure we are doing a good job, in our personal lives, we want to make sure our families are okay. It can be exhausting trying to balance caring for others and taking care of ourselves too.
So often we forget that we’re people too. We give our everything for the sake of others. Which is a good thing, for Jesus tells us to love others. But, how can we love others well when our inter being feels completely drained? We must set time to take care of ourselves. Our soul needs it. Our soul needs that quiet time of rest.
For those of you who have flown on a plane, they tell you to put your oxygen masks on first before you help others in the event of an emergency. Our time alone is our oxygen. Setting aside time of quiet prayer and time to tend to ourselves is vital for a healthy mind and soul. Being selfless is a good trait. It will benefit you and the people around you. However, we need to take care of ourselves too. Remember to set some time for you every now and then. Only when you are well can you love others well.
As many of you may know, I am very much an introvert. Sometimes people just exhaust me and I feel simply worn out. I need the alone time at the end of the day just to gather all of my thoughts. Being an introvert in a very much extroverted world can take its toll. I have things I want to say, but I’m unable to find the right way to say them often times. Many people do not understand why quietness is of value.
But, aren’t you relieved to know that we serve a God who understands us? We don’t have to always have perfect and pretty words to talk to him. We don’t have to shout to reach him. He can hear us. Even the most quiet of us, he listens to each and every word. He has given us this beautiful gift of prayer. In the quiet he speaks. A gentle and quiet spirit is of value to God as it says in 1st Peter chapter 3. “but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”1 Peter 3:4 ESV
So God is showing me that I do not have to be ashamed of my quietness. I don’t have to try to be someone I am not. He loves me the way that I am. He created me with a gentle and quiet spirit. I am incredibly thankful that he met me where I am. He created us all different and we can be confident in Him. Because he is the God who will never let us go. He values us, no matter our personalities
I’ve taken a little hiatus from writing for a couple of months. That is because the business of life has set in. Now that my freshman year of college is complete, I have a couple of months to really focus on this blog. I want readers to come to this sight and read something encouraging and uplifting. So often times our social media and news media sights are filled with drudgery. Even stifling the ability to think well. I don’t want this blog to be filled with that sort of thing. I want you, the audience, to read these post and leave encouraged. Encouraged to think outside the box. To ponder the thought that there is someone Higher than us humans. To be encouraged to study more. To know how to think well. Use these post to encourage your friends and family. I write to express my thoughts. Not only that, but to express to people that it is okay to have questions and it is okay to learn and think. Share these post with each other. Help me reach a lost world.
This picture is beautiful in many ways. One, because he is the God of miracles and he will never let us fall. He remains faithful when we are faithless. Nothing is impossible for Him. It always amazes me that he chose me to be His.Another reason why this picture is beautiful is that one day we will we will see our Savior face to face. All who are truly his will be saved and will be in his presence forevermore. Isn’t that beautiful? If the very thought of looking at the one who took your place on a cross and rose again for you doesn’t excite you, I question if you know him. • Don’t ever get used to this amazing grace that we, His people, have been given.see our Savior face to face. All who are truly his will be saved and will be in his presence forevermore. Isn’t that beautiful? If the very thought of looking at the one who took your place on a cross and rose again for you doesn’t excite you, I question if you know him. Don’t ever get used to this amazing grace that we, His people, have been given. Let it wash over you everyday. Love like you’ve been ransomed from death. My friends, He loves you and beacons you to come to him.
I have been feeling poetic lately. Last night, I was standing on my porch just admiring the crystal clear night that was before me. The shadow that the moon cast in the street captured my attention. I was inspired to write my thoughts in the form of a poem that goes like this:
The cool of night befalls earth
Living creatures fall asleep.
But, this creature lies awake.
Staring out into the dark
It could be easy to lose sight
but then I gaze at the moonlight.
Its beauty shinning through the dark.
A smile returns to my face
I see now that night is not all bad.
Even in the dark, there is still light.
Even when I am tempted to despair
i lose myself in light of His glory