Have you ever met someone you just clicked with? Almost as if your paths were meant to cross? Perhaps it was because you both had a similar interest in sports, a love for animals or the same sense of fashion. Or maybe you seamlessly fit together because of something deeper in your heart. Something like the loss of a loved one connects people in a divine way. You understand the grief they face as well as the faith and strength needed to stay anchored in the Lord.
My life was forever changed the morning of Father’s Day when I was a little girl. My dad suddenly passed away from a motorcycle accident that left me shaken with a different outlook on life. I now find it hard to relate to my millennial generation at times in regards to having a completely different life perspective than most. Considering I was so young when my dad passed away and it was such a sudden tragedy, it is hard for me to remember a time that I did not have such a meaningful life perspective. I am so blessed to have witnessed the way my dad lived his life so fully and selflessly that truly opened my eyes to the important things early on in life.
I have found that through the loss of a parent I have grown to appreciate the little things. My heart’s desire is to serve others and I firmly believe in having an empathetic heart towards the least of these. Lastly, I try to live my life in a way that is abundantly full of love, compassion and kindness because you never know when God is going to call you home. All of these new perspectives made me realize that God was right beside me guiding me along this journey of facing grief with a faith filled soul.
The day of his passing is forever etched into my heart, and I will always have this question of “Why?” in my mind. However, having experienced something that most people do not face until much later in life, I have found myself focusing on values that truly matter: loving God, serving others and trying to be kind as you never know what battle someone may be facing.
My loss has taught me that God calls me to use my adversities for something so much bigger than myself. He has shown me the importance of allowing life’s hardships to soften my heart and form deeper connections with the people I meet everyday.
No matter what season you find yourself in at this very moment or the circumstances at hand, there is always the opportunity to encourage someone and cultivate kindness into their day, creating a chain reaction. Sharing your story opens that door of vulnerability that lets people in to know that they are not the only broken one, that they are not the only one struggling through a tough chapter in their life. Rather, there is someone who can relate to what they’re going through. Pointing them back to Who our help comes from.
Encourage one another, build one another up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
The mountain you are facing may seem insurmountable, whether it be the loss of a loved one, a disappointing grade on your final exam, the heartbreaking end to a relationship, or a conflict within your job.
The beautiful thing about that mountain is that you are not climbing it alone. Take a look around as you hike up further and further. Persevere through and press into the hand of Jesus as He walks with you. Since Jesus is present every step of the way, you will begin to see how He so intricately places people in your life that will build you up. There is community to be found in the midst of hardship.
When you need to rest, rest in the hope of God’s promise that one day your adversities will cease to exist.
Share your heart with others to help them along their journey. I can guarantee your outreach will make a significant difference in the life of at least one person.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
Consider this for a moment: your life is your story. It is your one chance to make a difference in this world. Guess what? God never promised it would be easy.
Let’s affirm this together:
I will not make this mountain my home. Though I may never know the answer to God’s ways until I find myself face to face with Him, I choose to trust in Him just the same. I know that when trials come my way, my shield of faith will be my stronghold. I want to use my life story to build deeper relationships and encourage others.
What’s your story? What will your pages be filled with? How will your life be used to tell others of the divine ways in which God uniquely and purposefully chose you to be His hands and feet?