“What a lovely thing a rose is!… Our highest assurance of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty
Love is the greatest gift of all.
We ought to love others as we love ourselves.
Even when we feel otherwise.
We may feel a certain person may not deserve our love
because they’ve hurt us at some point.
When we think about what Jesus did on the cross
we find strength to move forward in love.
Taking this big step is very liberating.
It is used as a launching pad to take us deeper in our walk with God.
When we do so it releases our hearts to forgive.
Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.
This was truly a selfless act and we have the ability to do the same.
To love enough to forgive others is a gift we give not only
to the offender but also to ourselves.
Love is the greatest gift of all.
A journey I began in January of 2010 finally came to an end on December, 2013.
My life long dream of becoming a teacher has now become a reality. This accomplishment did not come without it’s ups and downs.
I forfeited many nights of needed sleep preparing research papers, lesson plans, group and individual projects, and presentations just to name a few of the critical assignments that were required in order to pass my classes.
I entered every classroom with the determination not to quit. Having such a strong desire to know and learn more I took one year worth of classes that had nothing to do with my intended goal.
I took classes such as Criminology, Sociology, Appreciation of Theatre, Anthropology and I could go a little further.
Although these classes were not required I left with a world of knowledge. Even though there wasn’t an immediate need for such I believe every course taken will eventually come in handy some day.
I found myself encouraging fellow students many times by letting them know they were able to do anything they put their minds to.
I painted a picture of their desired accomplishment yet to be achieved which in turn propelled them to keep moving forward.
I gave up some movie nights, occasional dinners at restaurants, walks along side the beach etc… Now that walking across that platform on graduation day has come and gone I look back and say to myself……
It was worth it all. I’m happy that my inner desire was much stronger than momentary wants. My aspirations is pushing me to another level of milestone.
I know I could do “all things” through Christ that strengthens me.
My heart skips with great expectation when I look beyond the hills.
I see a lovely rainbow so vibrant, so alive, and so promising. As I close my eyes I somehow feel the texture of it. The rainbow is soft and smooth as grapes. The smell is as fresh linen in the month of May.
Oh how I long to lay freely over the rainbow.
I had a dream about it just the other day. I sat on the dock of a bay, with my feet dangling in the ocean. Oh how lovely the ocean appeared to me.
As I looked into the water, there it was…. A rainbow appeared, so vibrant, so alive, and so promising. Again my heart skipped with great expectation.
The day will come, soon enough when waiting will be no more.
Until then, I will look beyond the hills.
In this moment of silence I look back and notice how far I’ve come.
It is a moment filled with promises of where I’m headed.
As I reflect back my heart of hearts says I must keep looking ahead.
It is my past that propels me to move forward. Without it I move not.
I’m grateful that I can look back and reflect on my past.
I am who I am today because of it.
I’m beautiful, I’m full of life, with zeal I move forward to my future.
It looks great, it is a place I’ve never been before.
But Oh….. I saw glimps of it, my future, in my dreams.
In this moment I dance for what I see ahead. It’s Beautiful.