Perseverance

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12Lately, I’ve been feeling like people are trying my patience and testing just how far they can go with me. Usually it would just irritate me and I would just entertain the stupidity, but I have come to realize that the more space you give someone the more space they occupy. When I read this daily Bible verse it truly spoke to me. I had to tell myself that no matter what other people put you through, the only true test is the test of God. Devilish behavior has no space in my life anymore and I will no longer allow people to believe that they are entitled to get a reaction out of me. I’ve made a point in my life to exude positivity. Why work so hard on myself and continue to let people bring me down to their level over acts of immaturity? That doesn’t make sense.

This past weekend I went to the beach and it just really took me back to my childhood days. My family and I grew up on this beach and spent countless days and hours just playing in the ocean, spending time enjoying each other’s company, without a care in the world. While it was nearly twenty years ago (wow, that made me feel super old), just being able to put my feet in the same sand, same body of water, on the same beach where my life used to be filled with innocence and drama free; I’ve never felt happier and more free. As a continuation of working on bettering myself I have realized that not everyone is meant to be a part of your future, they may be there to occupy a moment of your life just merely as a hitchhiker looking for a ride on the side of the highway. It’s up to you to realize who is worth your time and who truly values it. If it doesn’t make you happy, it’s not worth it.

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