I'm one of those people who can find happiness in the weird, small things. Some people probably think I'm crazy - but this world is so full of amazing things to like. I'm very easily excited by a house with a red door, a really great YouTube video, getting to spend time playing outside with a big dog, or my favorite book being in at the library when I hadn't requested it.
I'm a homeschool graduate through and through...I love reading. Ever since high school, I've read like crazy. I read the 'normal stuff,' like classics, modern literature, juvenile fiction. But I also read 'not so normal stuff' too, backs of magazines, Kraft's message to me on the back of their Mac and Cheese boxes and weird non fiction books. Example: Last summer, my project was a 900 page biography of Ted Williams, a Red Sox left fielder whose son had his remains cryonically frozen. I couldn't tell you the reason why I picked that book. I love watching baseball, but I love the game itself and not the teams, and I'm not even a huge Red Sox friend. But even though I don't know why Ted Williams was my summer reading, I do know that random. weird subject topic reading is fascinating to me.
I love coffee. I had my first cup at age ten and then after that, forget about it. I easily drink through a pot a day, and it's probably one of my biggest expenses during the college year. I've visited every cafe in town, have my favorites, and like to think they recognize me when I walk through the door. Thanks to my sister's job as a barista, I am pretty well versed in the menu. That's right, I know the difference between a latte and a cappuccino - be amazed. I can even make my own espresso. And I know it's cliche, to be the college girl who likes coffee, but it's me.
I know what I love. My favorite band, my favorite movie, my favorite ice cream flavor. I know my passions, my best friend saints, favorite Bible verses, and dog breed.
Do you know who you are? Who is your identity? What is your story?
Know who you are - your identity in God. But know who you are, not for yourself or for your own benefit, but so that you can be a gift.
Whitney Houston sang this song called Greatest Love of All. And in it, she sings, "The greatest love of all is easy to achieve - leaning to love yourself is the greatest love of all."
Sorry to break it to Whitney, but you were wrong. It's not the love of yourself that will fill your heart to bursting and make you want to sing to the world about how great life is. John 15:13 says, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." Great love - no, the greatest love? It's selfless.
Love is sacrifice - and that involves a sacrifice of yourself. So don't know who you are so that you can keep it to yourself. Know who you are so that you can connect with others and than bring them to Christ. Know yourself so that you can form friendships that are Christ centered, but are also common-centered. Being passionate about something opens your possibilities and your awareness that, frankly, this world is amazing. And God-filled. And awe-inspiring.
If there is something you do this summer...live. Explore. Fall in love with God and ask Him who He created you to be.
Pope Francis told the youth of a Roman college "You were made to live...not just exist."
Sounds like a good life motto to me.