Passing another birthday and eagerly anticipating the imminent birth of my second son are perfect reasons for reflecting on all that I have learned about Jesus through my recent history. My reflections gave me pause as I recognized that in less than five years I have experienced several of the most recognized life-altering changes a person can have in a lifetime: marriage, children (not once, but four times), and a move that took me out of my home state. And these were only the most notable, highlight-worthy transitions; there were a myriad of significant yet personal ones all along the way. On my birthday I asked myself this: “Is my life worth it? All the efforts to live well, to redeem the time, to reach others- are they all worth it?” And then I considered the Constant through all of my transitions, changes and experiences. Not only has He been there for me in the first 29 years of my life, He has come with me in the most recent four. I cannot refrain from exulting in His faithfulness when I recall how terrified I was to leave my island home and move to Florida. I simply could not begin to picture how I could establish a life as rich and secure in a new state as the one I was leaving behind. And yet I have- not because of my own creativity or social skills but because of Christ’s personal care, attentiveness and faithfulness in walking before us, walking beside us and walking behind us every step of the way. Florida living is a testament to me of what I always knew but had not quite internalized: that Jesus is just as faithful in shepherding me through the inner turmoils of my heart as He is in guiding me through those textbook transitions. Grasping this truth is probably the greatest life change I have made so far because it frees me to embrace all of the challenges yet to come. So the answer is “Yes!” Yes, it is worth it to keep living in a way that draws me closer to Jesus and allows me to testify for His glory.
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