It is good to reflect on a regular basis the lessons learned (or in some cases relearned). Here’s some of those for this week:
*Pain is a part of life. I say this not as something that I didn’t know but as something I was reminded of this week. I helped my brother put on a new roof on his garage. One day was spent tearing off the old roof and another day was spent putting on the new roof. After one day, I was sore. After two days, I was very sore. It’s been two days since and I still feel a little sore from it. Pain is a part of life, at least in the fallen world we live in now. There will come a day when pain will no longer be a part of the equation. There will be life with no pain. I do look forward to that day. In the meantime, just keep trusting in Christ to help overcome.
*All you can do is your part, you can’t do anyone else’s part. I learned this phrase while I was in South Carolina. It was in regard to discipleship and following Jesus. It was this “There’s your part, there’s their part & there’s God’s part.” You are only in control of your part. I know for me that sometimes I wish that I was in control of all of it. But that’s not the way it goes, and that’s a good thing. It is hard enough to do my part. But the good part of this is that if I do my part then I can live with that. If I’m not doing my part, then that’s on me. This can relate to all parts of my life & in all the different relationships I have. It’s not easy but it is something I’m working on and trying to get better so I can be a good example of this.
I’ll leave you with this song. It is the theme song from the movie “From Up on Poppy Hill”. It is one of my favorite films from Hayao Miyazaki. The song is in Japanese but listen to the melody and the music. The title is translated into English as “Summer of Farewells” fitting since summer has essentially come to an end.