Welcome to Summer
Dear friends, I hope your year has been fruitful and a blessing up to this point. I have been overwhelmed with school and had to stop all non-essential work for a few months. But the semester is nearly over for me, and I am getting back to my “real” life.
Isn’t it funny that we have a “real” life – one which we believe happens, or should happen, or that we want to happen; and we have the life we actually live that seems like it is only distracting us from our “real” lives.
So I take that back. I have been living my “real” life.
My real life is interesting and amazing. I am constantly learning new skills and information and my capacity to serve has grown exponentially. But to experience this incredible time of growth I needed to participate in a “retreat” much more serious and Spiritual than any weekend getaway with my campus ministry in college. I have had to sacrifice things I enjoy, to choose carefully how I will spend my time.
So this makes me wonder, how many times has God given me an opportunity to grow and learn when I wasn’t willing to set myself aside to learn? How many times has my inability to let go of the things I think I want or need gotten in the way of my growth?