Originally published Wednesday, 31 October 2012.
Think back to high school. Remember that awful moment when you realize your life is playing out nothing like the way you imagined.
Now think about your Senior year. Do you remember that awkward moment when everyone asked, so what are you going to be going to school for?
Now snap back to now. Though your life is nothing like what you'd imagined as a puberty stricken, starry eyed adolescent, is it still amazing?
For for years of high school my best friend and I would recite this verse to each other any time we could:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8:28-29)
It was kind of our way of saying, "not sure how to deal with what you're experiencing, but I know God is working and I love you."
This verse and that girl helped me remember that as a daughter of God, He was raising me to be someone of significance. He was setting me apart for something specific.
I still don't know what exactly that is, but as my fellow sisters (and brothers) in Christ, I want to encourage you like my bff encouraged me:
Don't give up.
Run hard after God, trusting that He is fashioning you into the likeness of Jesus. Then look back every once in a while and be pleasantly surprised at how much you've grown and matured.
God is good and He loves you.
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