We may expect an easy path when doing what we are supposed to do. This isn’t true. The path isn’t meant to be easy. It’s meant to be worth it.
It’s safe to say my life completely flipped around this last week in a spiral of change and stress. I HAD MY HAIRCUT!!! It was crazy! I honestly thought I was going to cry like a little girl, but I didn’t. I had all of my family and friends at the haircut. Having them all watching me do this made all my stresses go away. I was doing what I needed to do… And that was just fine. Having short hair is pretty cold. Did you guys know it’s that cold outside? Geez. Plus, no one recognizes me anymore. It’s kinda cool. It’s like I’m a brand new person. Oh, and a shout out to all those who “felt bad” for me and tried to sway me. Jokes on you, I look even more handsome with short hair.
Now I will talk about another thing that happened this week. Yesterday I got the call saying that I have lost my job. I was replaced. I wasn’t given any notice that this was going to happen. Also, the owners were completely aware I was preparing to serve a mission. I was given no time to try to find something else while I still had a source of income…. But hey… That’s business right? Well it is. That’s the way this world tends to work. However a quote from Joseph Smith comes to mind. “Maybe I am meant to swim in deep water. Better deep than shallow.”
I honestly felt relieved when the call was finished. I felt completely at peace. I had a strong feeling that everything was going to be okay. The thing is, we may think the world is falling apart, but The Lord has a plan for us. There are bigger things happening that we don’t understand. Now, I have no idea how I will pay for anything to live, let alone get all the things I need for a mission. Luckily I do have a bit of savings. I will continue to move forward. I will continue to have faith.
The very day I lost my job, I had someone willing to take my spot at my townhouse. This was an incredible blessing. Finding another position that’s willing to take me on when I am about to leave on a mission may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. We can decide whether or not we fall, or keep going. I’m going to keep going. I’m going to make it.
All of this was a big step for me. We can do hard things. We can all do hard things. Maybe the thing that’s hard for you is just as silly as my haircut, or maybe it’s much bigger. However, we can do them. I came from a home with an abusive father, and lived in government subsidized housing…. Or else we would have been completely homeless. Statistically, I shouldn’t be where I’m at in life. But I never gave up. I kept going. Sure, I may have strayed from the path for a while. However, it’s what I needed to find out what I truly believe. And I will serve valiantly, for I have been blessed with the gift of trials. These trials have shaped me into the kind of person that can bless others who have been in similar situations as me. I call trials, gifts. And I must give my gift to others. There are so many out there waiting to hear a message from me. I have no problem putting my life on hold for two years to do so. And It won’t stop after the two years are over.
I would like to end with a quote from the movie: Joseph Smith- Prophet of the Restoration
Emma Smith: “Do you ever think he asks too much?”
Joseph Smith: “I do not let myself.”
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