This is really happening…in two days we are leaving to take our first born, our daughter, to college for her freshman year. Does she have everything she needs? Have we taught her all the lessons she needs to survive? Who will she be able to trust? Maybe she’s not ready, or worse…maybe we are not ready?
There are moments in every life where we are faced with choices. The roots of these choices are usually found in a few words. Faith or fear…Courage or hesitation…Trust or control.
This is one of those moments for our family. I have mainly positive thoughts and expectations for our daughter…my own college experience was one of the greatest periods of growth in my young life. My faith journey gives me confidence that no matter what God will be with her, he will be watching over her. The same worrisome things that could happen there could happen here in our hometown.
The biggest change may be the one taking place in our own home. We are a very close family and one of the four of us will be gone on a day to day basis. This will be a big change for us. It is most important for us and our faith to focus on what God is asking us to do with our lives. For so many years the message has been teach your children to love the Lord, to provide an example of an adult who loves God…that still doesn’t change. We still have our son at home with 4 years of high school ahead of him and we still can show our daughter how to love the Lord through Faith, Courage and Trust as an adult. This is why it is called a faith journey…there may be several stops or points of achievement along the way but as long as there is life the journey continues. We must continue to seek Him and help others to know Him.
I pray as we go into and through this change in our family we will focus on…
Faith in God the Creator and our Father who loves us
Courage to face the challenges just as Jesus faced challenges on earth
Trust in the Holy Spirit to guide us each day
Whenever a choice is approaching your life or the life of someone you love look to God the Father, Jesus his Son and the Holy Spirit. Look to them with Faith, Courage and Trust and you will find peace.