Today I am thrilled to welcome Holly Barrett into this space to share with you today. I just love this post. It made me smile and had me searching for my own 10 things I believe.
We all have some basic assumptions about life that are fundamental to who we are and how we operate in this world. Since this past year was one of great transition for me, I spent a lot of time examining who I am and what informs my life. As very complex human beings, we probably can’t boil our lives down to ten pithy statements! Although not an exhaustive list of what makes me tick, it was interesting to choose a few things to share. So from the ordinary to the extraordinary, here are 10 Things I Believe:
1. NC truly is God’s country.
I know some of you will disagree with me, but it’s true. From the ocean to the mountains, there is beautiful scenery and wonderful people. I’m a native North Carolinian but it took five months in another state last year to remind me how blessed I am to live here! There truly is no place like home.
2. Grandchildren are the best!
I love my kids and enjoyed most every stage of their lives. But having adult children is probably my favorite. It’s wonderful to be friends with them and to see them live independent and productive lives. And of course, when they give you grandbabies that is the icing on the cake! My grandchildren are the most beautiful ones on the planet. You may think yours are the most beautiful…and rightfully so. I’d just be willing to match you picture for picture!
3. Real relationships can grow online.
I’m not talking about eharmony or Match.com. I’m talking about growing relationships in the larger body of Christ. I’ve enjoyed several online communities in the last year and have developed some very close relationships. We share and pray and write together. We love each other and long for the day when we can meet in real life. It doesn’t take the place of local community. It simply enhances the bond we share as God’s children and gives us a glimpse of the bigger picture of how God is working all over the world.
4. God’s word is absolute life to me.
This past year, I participated in scripture memory with an online community. We each chose our own verses and memorized a new one every two weeks. Since I was not in community with a church family, was traveling some, and visiting lots of churches, this scripture memory became a lifeline to me. It soothed my soul, calmed my nerves, reminded me of God’s love and provisions, and provided the community I desperately missed. I’m excited about learned 24 more verses this year!
5. Education is the key to having options and creating opportunities for our young adults.
In my current ministry role, I work with disadvantaged young adults. Many of them are trying to break generational cycles that have persisted for years. Outside of being in relationship with Jesus, helping these young people to establish goals and finish their educations is probably the single most important thing we can do for them. With an education, they have options for employment which leads to higher earnings which leads to rising above poverty. We have to create as many opportunities for them to succeed as possible.
6. The minor annoyances most of us experience in our families are not worth losing our relationships over.
We all have the relative that makes us crazy. Or we find that those quirky habits of our siblings have just gotten more quirky as we’ve grown up. Or maybe they’ve gained some new habits that are not endearing. I tried to remind myself that maybe I’m the one who frustrates my family sometimes too! We may fight hard, but boy, we are committed to loving hard too!
7. Doing something you are passionate about brings great joy.
For me, it’s writing. I’ve often said I have so many words, so if I didn’t write some of them down, I would drive myself (and everyone around me) crazy with the sound of my own voice! The rest of that truth is that writing fuels my soul. Some days the words tumble out at an alarming pace. Yet even on the days when I struggle to string enough words together to make a sentence, I find fulfillment in the process. It may be work but I never dread it. What are you passionate about?
8. We are all older to someone.
God’s word is quite clear on how we are to be mentoring the next generation…and the one after that. It’s not up to just the oldest among us to be doing so because we are all older to someone. We may have been alive longer…or we may just have more experience in some area than others, without respect to our chronological ages. Maybe we’ve been a mother longer, a Christian longer, a wife longer, or maybe we’ve just walked with God longer. We all have something to give. Let’s be intentional about reaching out to encourage someone else on their walk.
9. When you can’t see God moving, trust His goodness.
Writing in the middle of one of my hardest seasons last year was difficult. I was so filled with questions that it was hard to find and express positive and encouraging thoughts. But if life has taught me anything, it’s that even when we can’t see God’s hand at work, we still have to trust His heart of goodness towards us. He loves us. He believes in us. He is always working in each situation for our good.
10. Finally, the Broncos can win the Super Bowl.
I don’t know if they will or not, but they certainly have the ability to do so. With kids who’ve lived in CO for the last few years, it was inevitable that we’d all become Broncos fans. I’d hoped for a Panthers-Broncos Super Bowl but since that’s not to be, I’ll be wearing my Broncos t-shirt next Sunday!