Life has a funny way of turning out. When you think you have things figured out; God and the Universe laugh, and show you a completely different path. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and praying lately – about where my next steps are going to take me. And, right when I thought I had it all figured out, I was oh so wrong.
I’m here to tell you, it’s okay to change your mind. It’s okay to dream dreams and envision a future – with a spouse, in a certain city or town, doing a certain profession; and start to pursue that life – only to have a “come to Jesus” moment and realize how that pursuing that dream – is anything but what you not only want, but what you don’t need in your world.
I stepped into my home church for the first time in a couple months. That sentence in itself is hard to type. I’m a faithful woman and I love the community that’s been built within my church family and volunteer team. But, over the last few weeks, life has become very busy, as it does, and my time has been needed elsewhere. My time away from my church and community almost made me feel like I didn’t need it anymore. That I would be better starting fresh; finding a new church, move to a new city, be a new person.
Oh boy, was I wrong. I walked nervously into the side doors, and instantly remembered what I loved about my team, my friends, and Nashville family, my church. This is a city full of dreamers and doers; and it’s such a blessing to build relationships with so many of them. Seeing my friends do what they love every second of every day, inspires ME. My church and church family has been there through the good and the bad through the five years of living here.
After spending all day volunteering, I realized that it’s okay to change your mind, to give second chances. The friendships and relationships are right in front of our faces, we only need to be willing to be open and vulnerable. Let people in, people! Life is meant to be experienced with friends and family and loved ones… not alone.
Keeping an open mind and an open heart, can bring a world of opportunities you never even could imagine… right in your backyard.