Saturday, June 6, 2009
Graduation, good byes, and great changes
We attended the high school graduation ceremony last night. What fun to see all the 'kids' we have watched grow up, as they walked so proudly across the stage! There is a whole new life ahead of them; I pray that each one of them makes the best of it!
Tomorrow is a sad day for our church. Our interim pastor and friend, Bro. Tim, will serve his last Sunday with us. He has filled in for the last year, as we searched for a new pastor! He will be going through some big changes in his own life, as we will in our church. We will miss him terribly. The way I would describe this man is: Godly, dedicated, educated, friendly, and just a 'regular' guy. That does not take away any authority that he has, it actually shows me that he is real and can relate to all of us. I am thankful to know him, and I am thankful for the internet because we don't have to say 'good bye' forever! We are praying for you and your family, Bro. Tim!
As summer begins, so does change. Change in routine from the daily trips to school, homework, and activities; to a much less regulated schedule and more free time. Summer camps and programs, vacations and fun times await us. For our church, a new pastor and ministry to challenge us. For our family, one more year of growth behind us. Change is a good thing, but you have to embrace it and know that it means just what it is called "change." It has been said that if you do the same things, you get the same results; so if you change, there is a high probability that the results will be different! That is exciting to me! Who doesn't want a more fulfilling life?
My family went through its biggest change after my breast cancer diagnosis and surgery back in the fall of 2007. Amazingly, it took a third cancer diagnosis to really cement in our minds that we must ENJOY life while we have it, and however we have it. Things could always be worse, so we are thankful for what we have, especially in these tough days for our country.
We laugh more and try to experience more in the ordinary facets of our lives. For me, I let my emotions be what they are. I don't hide my tender heart like I used to. I have always been emotional, especially for other people. It is like I feel their pain, and somehow relate to it. Tears are not shameful, they are heart felt and healing. (Just wish I wasn't such an 'ugly' crier! LOL)
Another great change for us is that we dream now. For many years, cancer had prevented me from dreaming and looking ahead. It is not a bad thing to live in the moment, but it is even better to anticipate future moments! This really hit me when I decided to go back to college. I was sitting there thinking that in one year, I could either be in the very same spot; or, I could accomplish a few college classes and be on my way to finishing my degree! Trying was not going to hurt anything; not trying would get me stuck in a place I did not want to be. Once determined to take a college class after 16 years, I started thinking about the next steps. That lead to thinking of trying for a Master's Degree, which lead to career opportunities! How fantastic to get another chance at my 'old' dreams! I can change them, to reflect the 'new' me. I don't have to worry if I fail in some way, because I know to look for other opportunities and prospects.
So you see, in many ways, I am like those graduates that crossed the stage last night. I have hopes and dreams, and look forward to my future. I do not have to compare my life with anyone else, especially those of my peers. Many of my friends have accomplished great things in their lives, but I have nothing to be ashamed of because I know for certain that I am accomplishing what God wants me to do in my own life. The only way for me to get to this point was to endure and embrace great change!
Be blessed, friends!