I don't know if anyone has ever told you this, but God has incredible plans for you.
Like beyond your imagination, amazing without compare, make you shake your head in wonder at every move phenomenal plans.
This past weekend I was at a Catholic teen retreat and my eyes were just opened to the incredible love of our Lord and the beauty of His children.
Sometimes people touch your lives and you never get the chance to tell them that. Sometimes you touch people's lives unknowingly and you never know what affect you have when Christ works through you. This weekend I had the chance to tell people that they had changed my spiritual trajectory and people told me that I was able to help them on their journey.
Do you know that Christ can reach down and help people using your hands? That He can hug people using your arms, talk to people using your voice and love people using your heart? He can, and He will if you just let Him in.
Do you know even the littlest things you do can affect people? The way you sing, the way you carry yourself, the way you talk to people or interact with them non verbally? That those little things can make a difference you'll never see?
A dear friend of mine said something this weekend that has stuck with me. "I haven't changed the world. I haven't cured cancer or won a Nobel prize. But I have thrown a pebble into the ocean and I've made ripples."
I cannot wait to get to Heaven and get a God's eye view of how far those ripples went and who they touched.
There was a point in my life not too long ago when I was scared to die. Deathly afraid, pun intended, to leave behind everyone I knew and go to a place that I knew so little about.
The more I build these incredible friendships and communities, the more I can't wait to get to Heaven. Friends who I haven't seen forever? Going to see them for eternity. People who I run into while I'm rushing around my busy schedule and can't sit down with them to have a heart-to-heart? Going to be there forever.
The saints who I have prayed to since I could pray? Going to meet them face to face. It's like a pen-pal who you know through their writings but don't know them face to face and suddenly you get to meet them. Saint Maria Goretti? Be right back, fangirling. Getting to hug Saint Cecilia? Induce heart melting.
Guys, it's going to be beautiful.