Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.
– C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Things I have learned so far:
• I am a late bloomer.
• …With a lot of baggage I didn’t know I had.
• I still haven’t found my place, if there is one that exists for me.
• Self-condemnation is a hell you do not have to construct here on earth when you are in Christ.
• I simply do not know the future and I can’t pretend I do, or pretend I rule it.
• I still don’t know how to handle interpersonal relationships quite yet.
• There is a reason why Jesus told the disciples to shake the dust off their feet. Christian, never forget that.
• You will feel whole if you let your guard down with God.
• Humility is so freeing. And it takes the best route when it comes to loving people.
• You do not have to be ruled by your mistakes. (Again) Humility is the key to freedom from them.
• Pretending you aren’t affected by a person’s negative actions isn’t realistic. No, sometimes people rub the wrong way because of pride, bad coping behaviours, whatever. Ignore all of that first, love them anyway. Sometimes people aren’t even telling them what they need to hear (in the right way). But of course if they think you’re not worth their time, i still don’t know about that one. lol. Keep them in prayer
• Love is ugly. When it comes to people in general. But you don’t always choose the people you meet..you do choose the ways you react to them. As far as it’s within your power (and sanity), initiate kindness and peace.
• Sometimes you do need to give yourself time to react to a person’s behaviour or choices.
• Don’t let your emotions rule you! They can be too quick and too strong sometimes.
• Do not focus on nostalgia. Focus on what you can do to make your life more acceptable as it stands right now.
• Books are magical. Try to find a good one for every season of life.