Anniversaries are important to me. I’m not much for New Years resolutions, but I really can get nostalgic over anniversaries. The time we have passes so quickly and our lives are so full, that I think it’s important to stop and take stock of how far we’ve come in a year.
Last year on my one year anniversary I was hopeful, but still very much in the trenches of fighting for my health. But this year, while Jonah will tell you that I have battled mentally and emotionally to “take myself back”, I find myself today off of all “watch” lists. No wounds, no PICC line, no antibiotics… and I couldn’t be more grateful.
I’ve been frustrated and at times surprised by the questions my journey has caused me to ask. But the ugliest of them all is that dirty three letter word, “why”.
And you know what? I don’t know.
But what I do know is this, I’ve never been closer to Jesus, I’ve never laughed louder or cried more tears and I’ve never looked so deeply into the eyes of another hurting person and had my heart break more. Not saying that something terrible has to happen to have these experiences… these are just mine.
There are a lot of things I could share with you today. But what i want to share is this… no matter who you are, no matter what’s happened to you or what path you’ve walked in life, every one of you have an offering to give.
We’ve all been given gifts in life. Of course we would all prefer our gift or offering to come wrapped beautifully, like an engagement ring in a beautiful box. But let’s be honest, most of the time our gifts come to us in ugly paper, wrapped by a two year old, rolled in mud and given to us by our weird uncle (not MY uncles ;)).
But the truth is, that if we’ll be patient and stay hopeful and sit down to unwrap them, what we will find is that inside the hardest and ugliest of circumstances of life, we all posses the power to release from that gift something lovely.
And that’s what I want to say to you today.
Whether you feel it, whether you believe or whether you know what to do with it, you’ve been given something beautiful to give to this world. And you know what? The world needs your offering.
Somewhere, someone is in the middle of a trial or challenge or difficulty, and they need your gift to help pull them through. And as I’ve learned, the only thing that keeps us from releasing our offering is first realizing that we have one, and second, realizing how valuable it truly is.
And today, on this day where I sit with my ugly little mud stained box, I find myself emotional, yet so thankful for the faithfulness of God in my life. And as i sit here with my tiny offering, I simply want to say, that you, my friend, are beautiful. You don’t need to hide your bumps and bruises, but instead be proud that because of your courage to keep going, that you have something to give that no one else can.
I feel like i could write forever, but I’ll leave you with this.
The Bible says that we have overcome by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) and the word of our testimony (our story). Today I’m going to ask you to do something for me. Share your story. Share it loud and share it proud. Tell anyone who will listen. Because you, my friend, have something beautiful to give, and out there right now, is someone who needs to receive.
Thank you all for your continued love and support.💜