The thing with life is that our minds are constantly roving – away from a Centre or a Truth, away from the things that concern us, or are real in our own lives.
What do I mean? There is something wonderful about being human – about human beings – there is something innate within us that compels us to dream – as children, no matter what our circumstances are, we each have something of a ‘dreamer’ within our hearts. The future is somehow resplendent with possibilities, and somehow, someday we will become so many things, and our lives will become this incredible ‘dream come true’.
I grew up watching ‘Disney’ cartoons in my childhood afterschool at my child-minder’s house, along with my wee school age friends. I read a lot and we are encouraged to dream, to believe in that ‘dream come true’ that fairy-tale ‘happy ever after’.
I think there is something deeper as well, I personally do, as someone who believes that we were made for far more than this world has to offer, as someone who has come to know, and continues on this journey, of knowing, the Perfect Love of Jesus Christ. I believe that one day things will be made new, for those who have put their trust in Him. But we are in the ‘not yet’.
As teens or young adults, we still have that hope that things will work out in our life stories, and thankfully for many things do work out beautifully and quite smoothly. Lately I have seen (virtually online) in church, young couple after young couple meeting and getting married. I’ve seen it happen in the lives of my friends too. It hasn’t / didn’t happen for me, and I’m no longer in quite that ‘young adult’ phase. A lot of my dreams didn’t come to pass. And even if they do, there is a reality of the world that we all have to face.
I wonder what you are facing just now. Many people I know, despite the pandemic, are thriving in life. We all have different ideas of what that means, but I know of many people who are happy, healthy, and are still able to move forwards in their circumstances, whether that be in their relationship, marriage, or young families. But I also know that there are people everyday facing loss, whether due to covid or something else.
You only need to read the news headlines to realise that there are plenty of people whose lives aren’t what they would have hoped. Maybe you are feeling lonely or anxious, maybe you are worried about your job, or your children have gone astray or you’ve lost someone you cared about.
We do have a tendency to look at and compare our lives with those of people who seem to have everything going well for them. Perhaps they do, and good for them, but perhaps a look under the surface might tell a different story.
Don’t waste today worrying about tomorrow. Maybe things won’t work out they way you hoped, but maybe there is something you can cherish today. Maybe there is something you can enjoy today.
And while you gain strength in being able to appreciate your life just now, even as you take steps to improve things, and perhaps even to walk out a life of faith, think of how you might be able to help or encourage someone else who is having a hard time themselves.
Reaching out helps us live out more of our humanity. It recognises the needs and concerns of someone else, taking us away from looking just at our selves or our own needs. Can you connect with someone, message them, phone them, send them a gift, say thank you, pray for them, reach out in some way? Can you write a blog post to encourage someone else on their journey?
Remember that you’re not alone if you feel like things aren’t going as you’d hoped, but perhaps there is something you can do about that today, or maybe you can use your feelings and experience to help you to reach out and make someone else’s day a little brighter. x