It’s a word that has deep meaning, especially within the context of where we are as a society. Not only perspective but unity. In some way, I believe that perspective breeds unity as we all gather around a central ideology and work for the benefit of each other.
That’s the message of today’s entry into Finding Who We Are. If you’ve been with us for the last year, you will recognize the name of our guest author: Devin Purgason. He was a contributor to our photography collection for a few months. Unfortunately, he had to step away due to the overwhelming nature of work and school. We understand the stress. 🙂
He doesn’t speak much of himself but his words are a testimony to his character. Devin is intelligent and caring. He sees the whole of humanity and can resonate with the frustrations that we are all experiencing.
You can find his story here: Meet the Authors: Devin Purgason
I hope that you find encouragement in his words!
2016 is over. *cue the Hallelujah chorus.* If you’ve been on social media at all – then you know that it seemed as if the whole world sighed a breath of relief as we ushered in 2017 and bore the final nail in the coffin of 2016.
And I have to admit, 2016 had some really rough points.
There was a lot of death: Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds being the most recent. (May the force be with you.) I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, but I’m noticing death more and more, personally and publicly.
There was a lot of shock: ahem….Mr. President-Elect.
There was a lot of disappointment and sadness: I am still horrified at the continued genocide in Aleppo.
And as I stand here at the crest of 2017, I am excited as we seemingly have a blank slate, a tabula rasa if you will.
But then I think back to this time at New Years 2016. We never expected the past year to be so toiling, and yet it was.
Just because our calendars turn to a new page and we have another number to put at the end of our date (which I will probably keep mistaking for 2016 until February) doesn’t mean that pain, war, heartache, or death disappears. It doesn’t change any of that.
We live in a world that is permeated with sin. Sin brings death. That’s not going to stop with a ball drop.
So brace yourself.
Don’t lose heart.
Don’t be discouraged.
Because even if it seems like we are in the darkest parts of our lives, God has a purpose. God has a plan. His glory will shine forth no matter what.
I hope this year is amazing. I hope you have one of the most memorable years of your life. But just remember that our joy is not dependent on our circumstances. Circumstances change; but if our joy is found in the person, Jesus Christ, it will not waiver.
So if 2017 brings pain or joy, just remind yourself: I don’t know what 2017 holds, but I know who holds 2017.
Thank you, Devin, for taking the time to speak to where you are as a person and encourage us in it!
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