Isn’t having a meaningful life something that we all aspire to? Each of us has our own path, our own skills and talents, and our own life goals. But really at the end of the day, we want to be part of something bigger than ourselves.
It’s so easy to become discouraged and burned out. Pushing through the hard days is sometimes almost too much, especially if you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. People let you down. Dreams die.
Whenever I am feeling especially discouraged, there are two things that I do. First is to remind myself that usually really great stories have a trial in them somewhere. If life moved along perfectly smoothly, it would be easier but I think that we would miss a lot of things. Amazing things can be born out of darkness. A sunrise wouldn’t be so special and amazing if there was no night. A rainbow wouldn’t mean as much if there was no rain. The joy after the suffering is special, it reminds us just how good joy is.
And secondly, I remind myself that in trials, there are lessons to be learned. And I really push myself to try to figure out what lessons I can learn and grow from. If I think that life in Spokane is difficult, what will I do in Uganda? No family, different culture and language, none of the luxuries I take for granted every day. Same God. It’s learning how to deal with anxiety, loneliness, sorrow, joy, love, all of those emotions and feelings and most of all, relying completely on Christ.
When we can rely completely on Christ, focusing our attention and energy on Him and what He has called us to do that day, that is when we will begin to impact and change the world. We will have a life that matters…no matter where we are or what we are doing.