It’s great to be back with you all this week for a new edition of “Take It In.” So much has been happening lately. I’m happy to report they are all good things. I got hired for an amazing new job and am moving to an area I really love. It almost seems too good to be true, especially compared to where I was just a few months ago.
Life can change in a flash — whether for the better or for the worse. You have to constantly keep watch and do your best. Be thankful when things are going well. When things aren’t, still be thankful that you will get through to the other side. I remember earlier this year when I made my blog weekly versus bi-monthly. I was going through quite a bit of difficulty, both professionally and personally. This blog and the experience you all shared with me kept me going.
During this period, I found myself grossly underemployed. I was confused about my life trajectory and was sinking further into deep depression. I shared that with you all. Transparency and honesty are what “Take It In” is all about, though. Throughout these times, I learned so much. I learned that God looks out for you when you do what he asks. I learned I have a lot of support and love in my life. Dear family and friends got me through those times, how grateful I am for them. Last but not least, I learned to keep fighting.
Fight when you get rejected. Fight when discouragement and frustration creep in. Fight when everything seems to be going wrong. You can’t win if you don’t fight. You are not alone. I definitely was not. Now here I am on the other side, doing better than perhaps I ever have in my life.
I found myself initially in a mild state of shock. I was happy when I got news of the job and such, but did not feel it. It felt surreal, truly too good to be true. I have been afraid to let myself experience joy in this victory out of fear something is going to come along and snatch it up. Something put my mind at ease recently. I remembered the course nature follows and the promises God made. There is peace after the storm. There is growth out of decay. There is life after death. Labor bears fruit. Let yourself eat and enjoy. Do not let surviving the bad keep you from tasting the good. Both are building you into the person you need to be and preparing you for eternity.
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. ~ Plato
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