Like a book, there are many chapters that make up your life. You may not like the chapter you are in right now and you may not be able to rewrite it, but you do get to choose how the next chapter is going to go. Maybe you can’t control the circumstances you will face, but you can choose to change your perspective. You can choose to change your thoughts. Remember, you are the author and pursuing your purpose will help you write your story.
Last week a dear friend of mine gave me a copy of the following poem by Nancy Tillman. I am sharing it today for the one who is struggling with life. The one who feels like they don’t matter. The one who feels like no one cares. My friend, those thoughts that are swirling around you are lies that want to keep you from discovering your purpose. The truth is…
You're Here For a Reason
You're here for a reason, you certainly are,
The world would be different without you, by far.
If not for your hands and your eyes and your feet,
The world, like a puzzle, would be incomplete.
Even the smallest of things that you do
blossom and multiply far beyond you.
A kindness, for instance, may triple for days…
Or set things in motion in different ways.
It travels much further than you'll ever know,
Under the treetops, over the snow…
till it's wandered and fluttered and floated and twirled -
making things happen all over the world.
You're here for a reason, it's totally true.
You're part of a world that is counting on you.
So don't be too worried if some days fall flat.
Good things can happen, even from that.
Life can be tricky, there isn't a doubt.
You'll skin your knees trying to figure it out.
But life works together, the good and the bad,
The silly and awful, and happy and sad,
To paint a big picture we can't always see…
A picture that needs you, most definitely.
Remember the next time a day goes all wrong,
To somebody else, you will always be strong.
And that ball that you lose or that kite you let go
Could make someone's day you just never know!
You're here for a reason. If you think you're not,
I would just say that perhaps you forgot-
A piece of the world that is precious and dear
Would surely be missing if you weren't here.
If not for your smile, your laugh and your heart,
This place we call home would be minus a part.
Thank goodness you're here! Thank goodness times two!!
I just can't imagine a world without you.
My Friend, don’t ever forget, you are here for a reason, you matter, and you have a purpose.