Thursday, January 5, 2017

Goodbyes can be a necessary evil

December 27, 2016

Be thankful for the opportunity to say goodbye. To feel the raw emotions, to see the raw emotions from others. Those emotions that can't be held back. The emotions that speak louder than words. The emotions that show how deep love and care goes. The ones that say I don't want you to go, but I know you have to. I don't want to wait to see you, but I will and when I do I will be excited. I will be happy and my heart will fill full. God delights in your joyful heart. Be thankful for a family that knows love doesn't just endure miles but can grow over the miles. That relationships just don't cease until the next time you see each other, but they grow especially with the help of technology. Families that understand this can be hard to find so don't take them for granted.

Don't let the loud, crazy times damper the love that you have. Don't let the sometimes over the top attitudes stop your love. Don't let the emotions change your heart. Love deep, love big, love in the hard times, love the ones you think don't deserve your love, love the ones your with, and definitely love the ones that you can't be with. Love through the miles, through the tears, the heartache and the pain. It's in these times that your true colors are shown, your character shines through and your heart is truly on display. It's easy to love the ones that love you, the ones that are close to you, but it's not always easy with distance. When you think you don't have time. When you think I don't have the energy to deal with that. When you say I'll talk to them another day. I'll just send an email or a text instead. Have you ever realized it's not about you? Maybe that other person is feeling down, maybe that other person is feeling lonely, maybe that other person needs to hear a familiar voice, maybe God wants to use you at that moment to brighten their day, to say something that they need to hear, to give them hope and to remind them no matter the circumstances they are loved.

So yes goodbyes are hard, but sometimes they are necessary. Sometimes you need to see how much you are loved, you need to show others how much they are loved. You need to test those relationships so you know where they are weak, where they need healed, strengthened​ and worked on. As with everything God never promised it'd be easy, but it'd be worth it. Loves worth it, family is worth it, friends are worth it even enemies are worth your love and time. Use it when you can. Share it when you can. Opportunities are given for a reason. Sometimes you have lots of time and sometimes you only have a little, but use it all wisely and be thankful for what you are given. It's a gift and a blessing to have a family to return to when the opportunity arises. Don't take it for granted. Don't put it on the back burner when it's not convenient. Let it marinate, let it simmer and when the time is right you can take it out of the oven and enjoy it to the fullest and not just in the little smells, the sneaky sample testing, but it the full way it was created for when the time is right, when the opportunity arises and most importantly when God says so.

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