L I F E: It’s crazy, chaotic, unpredictable, always changing and passing, never slowing down... YET despite all of this, we don’t take time to appreciate the chaos, the craziness, the rapidness, the unpredictability, the hardships. Instead, we complain/dwell, think about all the ways that our lives could change for the better. I bet there are a million ways that your life could improve BUT for every one of those million reasons there are BILLIONS more reasons to look at life as a blessing (a blessing we are so undeserving of might I add). We complain about our boy/girlfriends, friends, parents, families, ex’s, complete strangers, etc. and how challenging they’ve made our lives instead of seeing that these people/situations have shaped us to be who we are. Beautiful. Strong. Intelligent. Challenged, yet successful. Confident. How do you expect to become more of these things if you don’t have the challenges to shape them? Sure, someone did you wrong, life didn’t go the way you planned... but that’s the beauty of the Plan of the Lord. Stop thinking of these obstacles as a trigger to you/your pride. Recenter your focus to Him because he is giving you a life worth living for, full of excitement/changes to look forward to. Your friend hurt you? Try some grace, they have bad days just as you do- life also knocks them down. Someone acted outside of your expectations and now you’re disappointed because your mind wasn’t read? Examine your heart, maybe your selfishness is the problem, not an innocent bystander of your pride/lack of humility. Life is beautiful, and it is only by the grace and mercy of the Lord that you are able to experience its beauty. Take those hindrances and turn them into blessings. There’s beauty in everything. Start appreciating life before it’s too far gone and you realize you’ve wasted it dwelling on the past and ultimately grumbling against the Lord for these experiences He has had planned all along. Learn to love, relationships are wonderful. Learn to forgive. Learn to laugh and to just let go. Learn to humble yourself, is your pride really that important that you’re going to miss out on life?