Going on such unique vacations to places I have not yet seen, brings me great joy. It’s not the joy you get on Christmas when you receive those presents from the man in red. It’s not the joy you get when Thanksgiving comes around and all you care about is the food. My joy comes from all of the great people and lasting memories I have in my life. Sitting on the beach with the waves crashing on the shore my mind wanders to what it would be like if I lived here by the sea. Whenever you plan a vacation, you pick a spot where you WANT to go because you don’t get that chance everyday. The one thing that always makes its way back into my thoughts is… home. All the ocean views, scenic boat rides, and yummy restaurants does not replace what I’ve got waiting for me back home. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to go on multiple vacations this year and each time bringing home more memories that I’ll charish forever. And I’ll never get tired of returning home, knowing all the wonderful moments in my life will follow me there.
This summer if you’re taking vacation with your family or friends I encourage you to make memories. Memories that you can take home and share wth others. While going home may seem like the worst part of your vacation, only you have the power to reverse your outlook on heading home. Home is where the heart is. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from work and school, but life has a way of making the small ordinary life into something so much bigger.
This week has been an eye opener for sure. I’ve realized so many things, but of the most important I’ve realized that happiness is something that you may have to work for. Being unhappy is no way to live. Sometimes your situation grows steadily worse, but you have the power to reverse them. A wise woman (my momma) once told me, in relationships you either grow together, in the opposite directions, or in some cases one of you doesn’t grow at all. It’s a tough boat to be in when someone you love doesn’t appreciate the good that you are. Don’t settle for being under appreciated and unhappy. It may be a bumpy road, but don’t forget there is a light at the end of tunnel. It’s your life and you’ve got to do what makes you feel happy. You’ve got to live it up!
Challenge: Be happy. Have such a positive attitude that everyone around you feels just as wonderful!
Comprised of notes from Nick Katz sermon: June 8, 2016
Too often in this world we are met with such large social, emotional, and sometimes physical pressures. It leaves us wondering, “If only I had done this… If only this didn’t happen… If only I could have gone back.” Because you’re tired of being hurt, you wish for a change that’ll leave you happy once again. You fault God because he left you feeling this way. Rather than defying this world as God had planned, you turn on Him. The bible mentions exactly HOW to obey the Father, but it doesn’t tell us how to defy the rest of the world. There’s no instruction booklet on what to do when you’re falling under the pressures on the internet or at school. The truth is, it’s not easy and you’ll fall off the wagon once in awhile. However, you’ve got to get right back up there! You can get right back up there! You have power that is far stronger than you believe. When you fully commit to Jesus, he promises to stay by your side 100% of the time. What some people overlook though is that he doesn’t promise that you’ll be happy every single day or night, hour or minute. God gives you what he knows you can handle, even though you may be doubtful. The only way to defy the lies of “If Only,” the internet, or those mean girls/guys at school is to trust in Him. Instead of wishing for a different situation, pray for the strength to get through your current one. Instead of building your life around Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, build it upon Jesus. Happiness develops as a byproduct of Jesus. Have GREAT FAITH and rely on your strength through God to get you through the hardships.
Challenge: Think of the issues you struggle with in life. Ask God to give you the strength, motivation, and the courage to get through them. Do your part to work alongside Him to reach your goal or need.
Growing up, I have learned many things. Among my favorites is how to act in public… properly. While there may not be a specific way to walk or talk, there are ways to act mature. Being in high school I have realized how disrespectful some students have grown to be; students who will one day grow to be adults. Not only do I hear multiple arguments, curse words, and just plain rude conversations coming from students, I hear them from grown adults as well. When did society decide it was okay for one to publicly humiliate another, or shout curse words without anyone cringing? One of the most valuable qualities one can possess is having respect for yourself and others. Sadly, along the way people seem to have lost this quality and it should be brought back and enforced more often than not. It doesn’t take many for another person to catch on. Display and encourage respect to those around you and more will catch on to the idea! I hope you all find ways to implement your next challenge and have a fantastic week!