For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8
These past few months were filled with decisions, love, worries, happiness, growth, joy, and most of all- understanding. I am thankful for that in which I was allowed to contribute my time to, the people in which I have come to know much more of, and especially: the relationships I have seen grow and strengthen. Many times, one does not step back to look through the objective lens at those around us. What if we were not one of this church? What if we did not come to this city; did not live to this time. Would the friendships and trust that exist today- still co-exist?
I always look up to those in whom I see aspiration. Their motivation to love and care in putting the needs of others ahead of their own is a wholistic approach in incorporating that in which they hold important and close to their heart. Unconditional love was and is never an easy trait to encompass in all daily interactions. How easy is it to say that someone is important to you, but when it is most important, do you truly act out your intentions?
I see you. The girl who grew from a child in this family we all call our own. This family in which your hair has grown and been shortened, in accordance with the many years you add onto your life, one by one. The confidence you have achieved and the love you so delicately sprinkle into each aspect in which you touch- though maybe only those close to you may realize the commitment you hold yourself on; being a daughter, sister, lover, and above all- a leader. Someone who others look upon for guidance, laughs, creativity, a hand, an arm. You bubble with the cheerfulness of someone who has seen and known much; though your age may be young + with much to learn. You have the capacity to grow and re-open boundaries that the traditions have bound in place. You devote time in places where others may overlook because they simply forget to acknowledge the importance of Him. So I thank you. For that which you have shown me, through your grace, your love, and most of all- your voice. It was an honour to serve alongside someone in which I have come to cherish dearly in the masses that we have grown to be a part of.
The other one. Someone whose presence will surely be missed. You and my other favourite remain a stronghold in this place in which we call our family. Familial relationships are not bound by blood anymore but by faith. In faith we have accepted that our Father is our one true God. By faith we realize the importance of each other. Through witnessing your faith, I realize that though uncertainty may latch itself onto our very footsteps, if we cling even more strongly onto our Father, we will overcome those dark times to become someone who is stronger still. Times in which we do not wholly see the way in front of us; through Him we see His way and His will.
I had once believed that our life was meant to live and achieve total happiness. In our family, our friendships, our life and career- if we are able to try our best and be at the top: we will be happy. Content in what we have, joyous in our accomplishments, ecstatic in knowing our path is so clearly drawn, like footprints to step into within the sand. How is it that I have evolved from the mentality of striving for happiness to understanding true happiness will never be found solely through one’s own desires? Through aligning personal longing with God’s will, do we actually hope for and find purpose in which He has prepared for us all along.
In the most quiet of times, away from all distractions and chatter, can I hear His voice. Only is it when I forget about all the lists filled with never-ending tasks can I ask for discernment in my next steps.
I hope that for every decision I embark on, I will turn to our Father first. Turning away from asking him whether this decision will make me happy, to if He is happy and satisfied with my choice in this matter. For when He is happy with what I hope to achieve, will only I be also happy in taking that step.