Never lose that sense of passion. Never let the world push you down so hard that you can't get back up. Never forget that you have a purpose, God has a plan, and you are worthy.
This year has taught me the importance of gratitude. I am thankful for the people I have in my life — for the new friends, and old; for the ones who have stuck by me and the ones who have moved on to different pastures. I am happy and I am content in knowing that God has a reason for why things happen and he has a purpose for every crazy circumstance I may not seem to yet understand.
This year has also taught me the important of failure and setback. It's taught me how to run back to Christ and reprioritize my faith according to his will. It has reminded me that everything does in fact happen for a reason and worrying does nothing for the soul but detract from it.
This year I graduated from college, I said goodbye to a pretty beautiful place and some pretty amazing people and took the leap into adulthood. It's been almost two whole months since I packed up my little Malibu apartment and left the town I'd called home for the past three years of my life (and no I didn't graduate early, one of my four years was spent in Switzerland).
And what gives me peace through all of it is that I know God has a plan set in place for me. I have faith things are going to work out because he's never shown me otherwise. He always has a plan and 10 times out of 10 it is better than whatever crazy idea I had concocted about what I should be doing with my life. Because how am I supposed to know whats best for me? How am I supposed to know what is going to bring the most glory to God, what's going to bring me closest to Him and what's going to set me firmly on the right path for my life? Well, quite simply I don't. Which is why I know I can't do this alone.
This year I learned the importance of gratitude. I learned to be grateful for the good times, the bad times and all the times in between. I learned to be grateful for my failures, for closed doors, changing paths and goodbyes. It taught me how to stay strong despite whatever might be thrown my way. It taught me how to live fearlessly and humbly, to keep my courage and gratitude strong. And for that, I am thankful.