I turned nineteen today. I look back on the life that I have lived; the people I’ve met, the things I’ve experienced, and the places I’ve been. It seems like such a long time, but also short. Does that make sense? A good friend posted a quote by C. S. Lewis on Facebook. It says, “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.” Isn’t it crazy how true this is?
I remember that in seventh grade, I met one of my best friends at youth group. I remember thinking that we would be friends for ever. I continued to think this up until my senior year in high school. A few years previously he had gotten into smoking marijuana and after that he was never the same. We remained friends but then he got into some harder stuff and we grew apart.
My mom had me when she was just seventeen. The father didn’t want to have anything to do with me, so that was that. But then she met this amazing man and they got married and he adopted me. Even though the marriage didn’t work out, through the mess, I was blessed with a daddy.
I have been on multiple mission trips with my youth group. I have been to mexico twice, CSM trips to Denver and San Francisco, Ecuador, Haiti, and the Philippines. These places have have all had an impact on me in ways that I could never imagine possible. These trips are where Jesus got a hold of my heart, and I will never be the same.
This may just seem like the random ramblings of a nineteen your old guy, but I guess that what I’m trying to say is that no matter how much we place in this life, whether it be friends, status, money, relationships; it’s fleeting and will pass away. But there is someone who will not pass away, who isn’t fleeting, and his name is Jesus. Invest your time, your money, and relationships in Jesus Christ and he will take care of the rest.
In God’s grip,