Still Growing…

Spiritual GrowthAs the year comes to a close, I have been reflecting.  This year has been filled with some really good things and some disappointing things.  This has been another year of spiritual growth (I pray every year is a year of spiritual growth).  This year’s growth seems to be a little more painful than years past.

The past few years I have made it my goal to give… to give financially, to give my time, but most importantly to give my heart.  I want every person that I come in contact with, to feel… to know, that I care about them.  I do not succeed all the time… sometimes, my day gets the better of me, but I hope for the most part that I show love.

The problem with trying to give your heart, is that people tend to step on it sometimes.  I think that’s why this world is filled with cynical, hardened people who are totally self-involved.  Love hurts.  I take that back.  Love does not hurt… love never fails… it is people who don’t love that hurt.

This year has been filled with some amazing things that I was honored to be a part of… it was also laced with some pretty hurtful things from some unexpected people.  My growth has come in knowing that as long as I continue to try my best to love, I will be ok.  People can sting me a bit, and I will be quite honest, it hurts.  It may surprise you, but I do have feelings.  But, you know what? Love wins… love always wins!

So, when you have people in your life that are petty, mean, and selfish… love them… even if they hurt your heart in the process… love them.  You may have to love them from a distance, but love them just the same.  Without love, we are nothing.

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2

One thought on “Still Growing…

  1. I have read your heart felt message. Stay strong as you have and know the Lord is within you. I commend you for saying what’s on your mind and I would say lead to say. Thru the years I have seen growth and those who don’t like change but that is part of life. You keep on doing what you do with a humble heart and you shall not go unnoticed. God bless you Ashli.

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