Hello beautiful people!
I just got back home from the doctor’s, I took my mom for a free eye consultation (thanks to Lotus Opticals in Sakumono!) and when the optician came in I realized it was someone I know. I did my confirmation at church with her about 6 years ago or so and it was really great seeing her again, doing so well.
Observing someone else’s success was different for me this time. I’m the type of person to clap the loudest when people I know or don’t even know are winning in life. I totally love to see my friends and strangers even, doing their own thing and being successful at it BUT I always looked down on and bashed myself after for not being where I wanted to be yet. I always saw myself as a failure for struggling so much, not realizing that those struggles always give me great stories to tell after I had gone through them, which motivates and inspires many people. This time, I was content and comfortable; I appreciated her success but I wasn’t comparing my progress in life with hers or bashing myself. I was actually genuinely happy for her without feeling some type of way about myself.
I have always been one of the youngest in every class or setting I find myself, probably because I started school a tad bit earlier than the recommended age and growing up, I’ve realized that being so ambitious and such a big dreamer bothered me sometimes. There is so much I want to do and achieve, so many plans and ideas I want to implement and sometimes I wonder if I can do them all. I often used to compare my page 1 to other people’s page 100, forgetting that almost all of them were way older than I was and that was my come-up so I definitely had to go through it. I’ve never been patient with the process; I always wanted to jump from one season to the next when I felt it was time, not when God said so and my impatience often led me to make not so good decisions which I could have avoided had I just trusted God. Again I say that this life is a journey and we are all on different paths and assignments so you can’t compare yours to anyone else’s. You just have to focus on what you’re doing and do it to the best of your ability, you’d never know who is watching.
This one is for all the overly ambitious young people (myself included) who feel like they’re not doing enough, they’re not going to make it or they’re left behind while everyone around them is making moves. I’m here to tell you that your time is coming! In no time, the spotlight is going to be on you only if you keep at whatever you’re doing faithfully, whether big or small. Sometimes we want to have large audiences and big platforms before we let our lights shine but we don’t realize that we can brighten the corner wherever we are or find ourselves.
My sis posted this on Facebook this morning and I really felt her on this one.
Honestly, it can get really discouraging knowing that certain people always see what you’re doing but simply refuse to support you buuut we always have to remind ourselves that 1. We are not for everyone (check out my post on this here: You are not for everybody) and 2. Our ministry/calling/purpose in life is not meant for everyone but it is definitely meant for someone so if the people we think have to support us don’t, we have to go on and do it anyway. Whoever it’s meant for is benefiting greatly from it, whether you know it or not.
In the beginning, I also used to feel discouraged sometimes, seeing that not everyone liked or supported what I was doing but when I had a full understanding of this, I freed myself from that burden and started soaring. Now I definitely am seeing who it’s meant for and who it’s not and I thank God for that! So my darlings be encouraged! Instead of feeling down when you notice some people don’t support you, thank God for opening your eyes to that and focus on those who do support and encourage you. If you don’t have anyone like that yet, don’t worry, you will certainly attract the right kind of people to you as you’re walking in your purpose and oh, I’m also right here, supporting and cheering you on every step of the way!
Go out there and do what you believe you’ve been called to do with all gladness and flourish while you’re at it. You are amazing and your efforts are greatly appreciated. Go on, shine your light and let the whole world see.
(As much as this post would minister to someone, it has ministered to me the most to be honest!)
Never forget how much your father God loves you.
If you’re currently going through challenging times and you’d like a listening ear, some encouragement or motivation, please contact me here: firstname.lastname@example.org