If I had to pick one thing that I have learned from Austin and Lilibeth over the past months, is that relationships are so so so important. Whether it be with God, Ethan, my family, my friends, strangers, people in need, anyone... It's God's purpose for us to take opportunities to build relationships in His name and truly love people. One of my biggest faults is that I am very shy when I first meet people and sometimes I let that nervousness that someone might not like me prevent me from building a relationship. Or, I let busyness or laziness get in the way of feeding my relationships and its simply not an excuse. I have by no means righted this fault of mine, but I have recognized it and am working towards the goal. My goal to love Ethan as God wants me to love him; my goal to love my family above and beyond what they deserve; my goal to love the friends I have and be outgoing enough to build new friendships; my goal to stop my anxiety from reaching out and loving people as Christ reached out to love me.
I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.Philippians 3:12-14 (Message)
over and out.