Today–and everyday–You Are Epic.

{I was asked by a few folks to write a note of encouragement for some dear friends who are graduating soon and looking towards transitions.  I am re-posting it here today.  I hope Lauren Winner’s words from her latest book, Still, will be an encouragement and “charge” to us all.}

Today is your big moment.  Moments, really.  The life youve been waiting for is happening all around you.  The scene unfolding right outside your window is worth more than the most beautiful painting, and the crackers and peanut butter that youre having for lunch on the coffee table are as profound, in their own way, as the Last Supper.  This is it.  This is life in all its glory, swirling and unfolding around us, disguised as pedantic, pedestrian non-events.  But pull off the mask and you will find your life, waiting to be made, chosen, woven, crafted.  You and your family and your friends and your house and your dinner table and your garage have all the makings of a life of epic proportions, a story for the ages.  Because they all are.  Every life is. 

You have stories worth telling, memories worth remembering, dreams worth working toward, a body worth feeding, a soul worth tending, and beyond that, the God of the universe dwells within you, the true culmination of super and natural.

You are more than dust and bones.  You are spirit and power and image of God.  And you have been given today.

~ Shauna Niequist

Transitions are BIG.  They are huge.  They create stress, sweaty palms, panicked breathing and bad dreams.  Transitions also provide opportunity.  Chances to step into the unknown.  Opportunities to look into “nothingness” and imagine.  To dream.  To wonder and to move out into the void.  The challenge is to move into the in between time and trust that you aren’t going to be left alone.  You may feel alone.  You might look around one day and wonder where your support system disappeared to, questioning when that job offer is coming or what you should do next.

But wait.  Sit.  Don’t rush.  Be OK with loneliness.  Lauren Winner wrote some amazing thoughts on loneliness in her most recent book, Still.  I love that she concludes the passage with, “Sit with the loneliness and ask what the loneliness has for you.”  There will be times of loneliness.  There will be moments when the everyday mundane feels oppressive.  But as Shauna wrote above, there is nothing quite like today.

Today, whether it be a grand, memorable moment like high school or college graduation, or just a basic, expected “nothing” day, is meant to be BIG.  “You are spirit and power and image of God.”  Live into that and be—more than dust and bones—be “a story for the ages” of “epic proportions”.  You are a treasure.  Know that deep down.  That even in the lonely moments, you are loved.  You are treasured.  You are EPIC.

With Love,

Christine

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