Welcome back for #thankfulthursday, one day early, haha! I want to take this time first to wish every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I know it sounds cliche, but Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for. As I reflect on what I have in life, I am grateful for every one of you that read my blog. I write these blogs to reach people and knowing that I have the chance to impact someone, is something I will forever be grateful for. So I want to say, thank you! Now, let's dig in!
I remember my last day of high school, I looked at some friends, they looked back at me, and we vowed to be friends forever. The older I get, the more that I realize that was a silly promise to make. What I began to understand was the road to forever, is a long time, and on the way to forever, things change, and people change. One constant that I learned is that people come and go. And much as we want people to stay in our lives forever, the truth is that some relationships are only seasonal. We have to learn to be okay with that.
It does not matter if a relationship turns sour, or if your friendship naturally drifts apart, each connection you make on this earth can teach you SOMETHING. Over the years, I have learned to be thankful for every relationship I have had developed in my life. Past, present and future.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven." (KJV)
This scripture does not say that SOME THINGS change, it does not say that MOST THINGS change, it reminds us that EVERYTHING is subject to change. This passage reminds us that even some friendships we have are seasonal. But let me tell you this, the beautiful thing about seasonal relationships, is that they still serve an eternal purpose.
It is so easy for us to get caught on the loss that we miss the lesson. Our connections are meant to help us grow and develop as people. Instead of focusing on what is gone, ask God for an understanding of what the purpose of that relationship was. I know it is hard to let people go, but understand that each connection you have on this earth is a stepping stone in becoming who God has called you to be.
Connections are never purposeless; they are always necessary to grow from who we are into who God is calling us to be.
Let's chat below. What are you thankful for?
*Be sure to tune in next Thursday for our final installment of #thankfulthursday!