Saturday, April 26, 2014

Week 16: Learning to S.O.A.R.E.

Ok, so of course I know the word soar has no e on the end, but just bear with me ok. 🙂

Seek to grow:  Recently, I received a text message from my sister with a picture of my youngest nephew, and oh how he has grown. I am always amazed by how fast children grow and change physically, and I marvel at their speedy mental and emotional development. Over time, they will continue to grow, make mistakes and hopefully gain wisdom. Our physical growth eventually stops. Yet, as long as we have the capacity to do so, we should seek to continue growing mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the rest of our lives.

Own your flaws:  I’m not perfect. Now that’s a surprise, right? 😉 Whether I like it or not, the unique individual that I am is comprised of some great qualities and some crazy stuff, too. The same goes for you. But owning your flaws doesn’t mean you just cozy up to them and chill – never seeking to grow, change and become better in certain areas. It simply means you embrace your strengths but don’t beat yourself across the head with your weaknesses. Personally, my flaws remind me, not only that I’m not perfect, but that I’m in desperate need of a Savior whose perfection covers all of my imperfections. Now that’s good stuff.

Accept change:  A few things in this life are certain. One of them is that change – whether voluntary or involuntary – is inevitable. Either way, the sooner we accept it, the better off we shall be. And even when the change on the horizon looks bad, most of the time there’s good somewhere in the mix. Just keep your eyes peeled for it. If nothing else, you’ll find that change usually affords us a great opportunity to strengthen our faith. That alone makes it worth it.

Reject fear:  Need I say more. Well, maybe I’ll say just a little more. Listen, no one (especially not me) is telling you fear won’t rise up against you from time to time. Trust me, I get it. However, what I am telling you is that you have the power to reject fear. Use it.

Embrace your good:  You are good. Maybe you needed that reminder; I know sometimes I do. You. are. good. Sometimes we get so consumed by our shortcomings or by what other people think of us until we subconsciously come to believe our bad outweighs our good or that there’s nothing good in us. Well, that’s just a big ol’ bundle of SO NOT TRUE. You’re fabulous. You’re unique. You’re special. You rock! Embrace it. Don’t ever forget it.

Until next time…