"You come from a long line of people who kept going while they were waiting"

The following letter was penned by Jeannette Meade as she writes to her past self inviting her to "keep moving while waiting." 

 

Dear Past Self,

You’re still going to get mad at God. People you treasure are still going to pass away. Some things you want to happen aren’t going to, and some things you don’t want to happen are going to happen. And you’re going to live through it. You are struggling to find your purpose. You read “A Purpose Driven Life” and got mad at the book because it didn’t help. It’s not going to happen all at once. You’re not going to win the lottery and become a beloved philanthropist to people and animals. Nothing has ever been easy, it’s not supposed to be. But you don’t have to climb the walls waiting around for God to tell you what to do, or dig your feet in and make God drag you to what He wants you to do. God is going to give you an amazing gift. He’s going to give you an incredible church that is going to help you grow in so many ways that you won’t be able to count them. You are going to value your roots and your family like never before and receive incredible strength from them. You aren’t doing it wrong now. Sometimes you try too hard. Sometimes imperfect humans make church and life very hard. It’s not going to be easy. But it is going to get easier. You are still going to get fidgety and have flashes of understanding that create more questions than they answer. You will have wonderful pastors who will tell you that this is okay! God loves your quirky, unique self and is preparing you for adventures that will need that quirky, unique self to be successful. I know that all of this would be second nature if God would make you independently wealthy first, but He’s going to use who you are now and what you have now. You come from a long line of people who kept going while they were waiting, and in doing so, didn’t wait at all.

Jeannette