Just wanted to share part of a letter from my lovely friend Sara Chronister, who is currently in Tacoma, Washington working as a volunteer missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love her and miss her to death, but I’m so proud of what she’s doing and who she is becoming.
“When we go through hard times, it helps us understand the good times so much better. Instead of walking around in a flat, black and white world, we have mountains and valleys and crevaces and every shade of every color—the good and the bad. It is worth whatever we have to go through to see the beautiful things.
God has to humble us sometimes. We have to be stripped of our outer layer—the things we use to cover our weaknesses and imperfections. It’s a painful, raw process to have all of that stripped away. It leaves you feeling weak, exposed, and inadequate. It forces you to look to God. When we are stripped of that outer layer, God shows us what we were, what we are, and what we can become. We see how far we’ve come and where we can go. We see that our goal, our potential, and our inheritance is to become like God. That is true joy, and it is worth any price we must pay.”
You can read the full post and her other letters on this blog.