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live the life you were intended to live

It was just another ordinary day – the sun was shining, mom was cleaning the house, dad was studying the Bible, and my siblings were doing their usual activities. There was absolutely nothing special about this particular day during the week. This was during a time in my life when I still wasn’t sure who I was or what I was going to become. I was 15 years old and up until that point I just viewed my life as a normal one and assumed I would most likely grow up to continue living that “normal” life. I had no idea what I would do when I became an adult, I just knew I had a yearning deep in my soul to be independent and take care of myself – that was probably my biggest dream at the time: the freedom to spread my wings. That’s all I knew and I wanted it – badly. I thought about it day and night. I could not wait until the time would arrive that I could be free to live my “normal” life. Then, out of nowhere, on that ordinary day, I suddenly was hit with what felt like a whirlwind of inspiration and vision. It was completely unexpected, surprising, and almost took my breath away. It was at that moment that I knew my life wouldn’t ever be “normal” like I thought — that God had bigger plans than my small brain could fathom. It was one of the most humbling and inspiring moments of my entire life – I won’t ever forget it. I knew that day in the small pueblo of Urubamba, Peru that I would never be the same and that I was destined to live a life of promise – the life God had always intended for me to live.

In life it is so easy to lose sight of our real purpose. We get so caught up in the “norm” of life and tend to let our everyday responsibilities and burdens distract us from the deeper meaning of our lives. We set goals when we are young but then as soon as the first thing goes wrong or comes unexpectedly, we quickly get caught up in it and forget all about the dreams we once had. Our inspiration slowly fades away when “reality” sets in and you feel like there is no way you could ever live your dreams the way you always hoped you would. The inspiration dwindles down to almost nothing and before you know it you’re living the “normal” life like everyone else, with no hope of ever escaping it. But I believe with every single cell in my body, that it’s never too late to get it back. No matter how many years have passed, how many mistakes have been made or how much hope has been lost… tomorrow is a new day and a fresh chance to start living the life you were intended to live.

The most tragic thing that could happen to you would be to come to the end of your life and look back at it thinking, “I did not live the life I was intended to live.”

Start living.


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