Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this past year.
Last year at this time, I was at camp getting ready for the hundreds of campers I was going to meet. I had just moved back to Canada and everything in my life was in transition.
A lot of new things happened in this year but the thing my mind keeps wandering back to is all the people I got to know.
I’ve met some incredible people.
I love meeting new people but it’s never been something that I was very good at. I’ve always been very shy and (something I also realized in the past two years) I always seem to attract people who take and take from me rather than give.
This year was different.
Guys, between camp, school and church, I can’t stress enough how many cool people I have in my life. Real, genuine, down to earth people who encourage and love me like Jesus does.
Jesus really knew what I needed this year. Moving away from my family was hard but it was made easier by the people He brought into my life.
We need people in our life who spur us on.
We need people who ask hard questions, who talk about real issues and who aren’t afraid to confront you when something is wrong.
We need people who teach us things – as hard as those lessons may be. We need people who leave and we need people who come so that we can learn and grow and develop who we are as a person.
Right now I’m sitting in bed and I am so happy. I feel so blessed that Jesus has given me the old and new friends and relationships he has this year.
This year was a real growing year for me and I think most of it is due to the people that are in my life.
So to my people,
Thank you, I love you and I’m better off because of you.