There was a point during college that I believed my career was finished before it even started. After a freak accident in my sculpture class, I was told they were going to have to amputate my thumb, index, and middle finger on my dominate hand. Though I did not know what was going to become of my hand or if I'd ever paint, draw, or create again with that hand, I laid on that bed in the emergency room and decided that if they amputated my fingers that I'd still find a way to use my gifts and talents. It might not look like what I had planned, but I was not going to give up doing what I knew I was designed to do. I had known since 1st grade that I wanted to be a teacher. It was at the core of who I was. If anything, the near life altering accident placed in me a greater desire to fulfill my purpose. It is truly amazing how the end(or near end) of something allows you to gain a deeper appreciation and a greater perspective.
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4: 7-11
I am by no means a dooms day advocate. You will not find me out on the streets holding a cardboard sign saying "THE END IS NEAR". However, I've seen life end too soon for too many. I am a strong believer in the fact we are not promised tomorrow. We have this day. This hour. This moment. If it is all we have....how should we be living? How should we be loving? How should we be giving? It may not always look like we expected. We will face struggles & obstacles. That is part of this life. God is bigger than the things we face, and is always with us! I want to be found faithful in the time I'm given. I want to use my gifts, talents, time, and love for His glory & honor. When I'm finished with this life....will I have been found faithful?