On Sunday, May 21, I officially said peace out to being a teenager. Turning 20 really threw me off because I still feel like I’m 12 most of the time. However, this new year of life has led me to a time of reflection, as most things typically do. (I do TOO much thinking!) 20 years. Wow, how have I even been alive that long, because it sure doesn’t feel like it. It seems like yesterday I was studying for spelling tests, playing ball in the front yard with the neighbors, and throwing pool parties at the house. I started thinking back on the past 20 years, on all of the many opportunities I have had, the trials I have faced, the heartbreak I have experienced, and the joy I have found in Christ. Life has been SO good, filled with hard times, yet peace, and filled with uncertainty, yet hope. As I look at my life I can’t help but ask, why me? How and why am I so Lucky? I am blessed with the BEST family, an AWESOME church home, AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL friends, a GREAT education, and a PERFECT Savior who sacrificed himself for me.
So yes, I will say it again, life is SO good. NOT easy, but good, sweet in fact. It’s been a wild ride, these past 20 years, and God has revealed himself in so many significant ways. If there is one thing I have learned thus far, it’s that this life is a grain of sand compared to eternity. And I don’t know about you, but I want to be living this fleeting life being salt and light to a lost world. If I make it another 20 years on this earth, I hope I can say what Paul said to the church in Philippi, “that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.”