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riding free...

"All that is gold does not glitter, not all who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me." 1 Corinthians 15:10 I was reminded this weekend how much of a free-spirit I am. I have pondered this endlessly, trying to figure out what exactly it was that made me this way. I wasn't always a free spirit. In fact, I was anything but. I was living a complacent life, the ho-humdrum of what we call routine. I was living short of anything even close to a wild adventure. Then, life happened and in 24 hours my world was rocked to the core....I would never be the same...I would finally know Christ, and I would finally be free. J.R.R. Tolkien once said, "Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens". Here is where my journey began...a plain canvas, unpainted, waiting for a story to be told and a beautiful masterpiece waiting to be painted by The Masterpiece - little did I know that He knew exactly what He was going to create. My life is a myriad of short tales woven into one big canvas. I suppose it is somewhat likened to the works of VanGogh. Using simple curves of millions of line segments, and straight lines that extend off the page. Each line is interwoven seamlessly, yet separated by each stroke, to create a beautiful picture. Each new experience paints another piece and although sometimes one part doesn't make sese at the present moment, years later, because of another stroke, it does. Everything in my life makes sense. The free-spirited nature is one that I welcome, one that I have accepted as God's gift to me in order to give myself to others. Without my free-spirit, I wouldn't have trekked through New Zealand, or taught in a school in Peru, or spent a summer befriending and teaching at risk youth, or gone to Haiti alone to do mission work...where God had more than I ever dreamed waiting for me there. I have been able to give to others in ways unknown to anyone but God...I live an adventure. I'm grounded, I have goals, I am committed, and I am free. I don't wish to leave one stone unturned, one path not traversed, but I know I must. I cannot do or experience everything but I will not falter to do the things I can and enjoy the moments that are put in my life. I know who I am and I know where I am going - how I will get there is a mystery - unveiling itself one day at a time, minute by minute...and that is where my spirit takes flight.


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