May 17, 2013 Comments Off on Set Sail
After many years of college, I have come to a very valuable conclusion that I wish I could tell myself many many years ago.
I realized that I was living in a critical fallacy that I believe thousands, if not millions, of people still believe to this day.
It’s sort of a long and complicated problem, but bare with me as I explain it.
For many years of my life, I truly was living under the belief that I can attain friends in my life by simply succumbing to their interests. It was a subconscious habit that I didn’t even realize I was actually living out until recently. I saw all the “popular” people, the ones that everybody knew their name, doing something or being at a certain place. I believed that’s what I needed to do or be at that place doing those things to have their kind of attention attention. I believed that in order to attain the amount of friends or social standing they had, I simply needed to copy and paste what they did into my life and I could get to that same place.
I truly don’t believe it’s a conscious thing or decision you make, but it’s something that you might find yourself doing everyday if you simply analyze your own life.
So, am I merely saying the 100 year old question “If someone jumps off a cliff, are you going to do it too?” No.
It’s time to pause your life, think about where you’re headed, and either continue or set sail for a new destination.
To truly reach your God-given purpose and maximum impact on your world it requires a lot of thought and sacrifice.
Setting sail for a new era in your life requires that you head to sea alone, with no crew. It requires that you may not know exactly how to get where you want to go, but you’re going to trust God to fill your boat with the crew you need to succeed on your journey and fill your sails with the energy needed to reach your destination.
True and meaningful relationships always abide by the rule “like attracts like.”
Plain and simply, actually live out who you want to be and God will provide the people along side your life. Don’t be afraid to walk alone, know that the trail in your life is very long and has many opportunities for God to put someone(s) next to you.
Don’t be afraid to start by yourself, know that you won’t end alone.
Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
May 6, 2011 Comments Off on Season of Change
(Above: My 1st picture as an Auburn student at CWE this past summer) As the year winds down and tears begin to stream, a season is ending and a new one is beginning. For many of us, we are leaving the thing we love and realizing just how old we’re getting. But, there is a time and a place for everything…
While I may talk about Auburn a lot in this post, it is relevant for everyone to read…
Being a true friend is more than just being in a lot of pictures together, going to dinner, and writing on each others facebook walls. Being a real friend is about going through the worst of times together, being there for each other when nobody else would be. Prior to this year, I didn’t know what being a true friend meant. I didn’t know what ingredients were necessary to have a beautiful friendship, but these people have taught me all I could ever ask for. Being a true friend isn’t about doing things when it’s convenient for you, it’s about being there when it’s inconvenient for you. Taking yourself out of the situation and looking to see just how bad someone needs you there. Comforting you when something goes wrong and building you up as a person.
The power of the spoken word is something that we all underestimate. Each and every person has the power to make someone’s day or ruin it. You have the opportunity to speak life into someone or speak continual death into their life just based on the words you choose. My friends have been so encouraging and positive to me this year, even in times of dire trouble that we survived together. Building each other up after break ups, heartaches, family situations, or bad test grades we all stuck together. Understand this, the ability to frequently speak life into someone else’s life comes down to whether or not your are already speaking positively into your own life. Are you speaking encouragement to yourself or beating yourself up over a situation? God calls you out of death and your sinful nature into a life full of blessings and second chances.
Believe in yourself and believe in your vision. I never knew what it was like to believe in myself and where I was headed with my life. God has given each of us a special calling and vision for our life, believe in that vision! When I truly took a leap of faith and let go of all my insecurities, my vision took off for my life and I will never regret it. Whether you’re 20 years old or 60, don’t let your greatest fears be your greatest regret because you were too scared to accomplish the vision God has given you for your life.
If you want to be loved, show love- not helplessness and drudgery. If you are truly going through a tough time in your life or a point of discouragement, don’t wear your heart on your shoulder. Rather, show love to others in your worst circumstances and it will come back to you, eventually- I promise.
Your greatest breakthrough will first be your greatest struggle. God isn’t a fan of freebies and I’m not either. God will bless your life immensely once you learn to praise Him in the storm and not be fearful of even just the rain. Nothing in life comes easy and free because that’s just fair, don’t give up on the God that has never given up on you!
I have learned more than I could ever imagine to learn in a life time in one year at Auburn. I cannot wait to see what Sophomore year holds. I love you guys! Auburn Family.