It was delish and quite a special day
Today’s message spoke to me as I am struggling with my my faith and my confidence in undertaking the MCAT and my medical school applications. This past year and this current summer are the roughest I have ever encountered in my life, and at many points, I have felt that I have failed and/or not been able to perform to my fullest. I have prayed and worked hard, but it seemed that even with all that effort, my “success” is less than expected.
Or so it seemed.
I have forgotten that the Lord is always with me even in difficult times, and that my perception of success is humanoid and lacking. Christ died on the cross to set us free. To set us free from the sins and desires of the material world. The general understanding of success is good grades and awards and achievements. But this is our perspective. Who is to say what God has for each of us in terms of “success”? When we focus solely on our own selfish desires and our own needs, we become disillusioned and constantly dissatisfied with the results. We can never be truly happy by focusing on the transient things. We each have a destiny that God has planned for us already. All we have to do is look up to Him for guidance and center our lives on His Word. And that will set us free.
According to the sermon, the three things we must do in order to set ourselves free from the bindings of this material world are…
1. Prayer, because we need God’s help always
2. Forgiving ourselves as God forgives us and letting go of our perceived failures
3. Placing ourselves in an environment and around people who are good and will hold us accountable
Thursday night I went to bed defeated and exhausted by the demands of school and of life. However, I was surprised the next day when I awoke to find a letter taped to my bathroom mirror. It was written by my significant other. Within a few minutes, I felt my heart bloom and rise back up from the depths of my stomach. His words of love and encouragement and his reminder of God being with me in every step of my life gave me such a sense of euphoria and refreshing vigor that I forgot my lack of sleep and my overbearing stress for the rest of the day.