But stop using someone else's success as an excuse to be mean, to not make an effort in your own life, or to buy into the lie that what you are doing is wrong because it doesn't look like someone else's Instagram feed.
Father's Day is just around the corner! Some of you may have it all under control and already have the perfect gift in hand. For the procrastinators out there, though...I've got you covered!
I snapped a photo to capture the calm strength that inspired me to write this. He was not yelling and cheering to the world about how great this ride was or how brave he felt for conquering his fear. There were no people cheering him on loudly. In fact, I doubt if anyone else even realized the mountains he was moving within his own little world in that moment. But there he sat, with a soft grin on his face, his fists balled up, and his arm muscles flexed in his seat.
So, even though I have many fears that I’ve listed above and so many more, I also have so much hope for his future. I am so grateful for all of the resources available to us to help him succeed in anything he puts his mind to doing. Life may be easier as a horse that can blend in with the herd, but I will forever love my little unicorn and be there to cheer him on as he goes out to share his unique greatness with the world.
After taking it the first time, I kept saying that something felt different, off maybe even, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It was because for the first time in a long time, I realized, I wasn’t panicking. I wasn’t in a state of hyper-vigilance, convinced that anything and everything was just moments from going wrong. And that realization made me want to cry. It’s only gotten better since then.
You are welcome here. You’ve got a new baby who won’t sleep and the bags under your eyes could hold enough luggage for a two week vacation? You are welcome here. Your kids are getting older now and you actually sleep an acceptable number of hours again? You’re welcome here…just don’t flaunt it! LOL
Then my heart broke with the thought that there are so many people out there hurting because they think they know God, but what they know is the bondage of religion absent of a relationship with Him. My heart broke because I have been that girl hiding her brokenness instead of lifting it up to the One who can redeem it.