I have been pondering what I wanted my first post to be about for a long time people. I am talking many nights of staying up till 4am just thinking of the “perfect” first entry. How silly! The title and the topic has changed over and over as life has thrown many different obstacles my way as of late. And if I am being honest, I have been a little afraid to get this blog up and running. Again, silly- but so many things have been running through my mind. I am an athlete, so it’s in my blood to compete and give 100% in everything I do. I was and still kinda am, afraid to fail. But my dad (seen in the picture) has always taught me that failure is simply not trying and as long as you give your best effort in everything you do, you will never fail. So, here I am. I also believe fully in God’s timing. And His timing is perfect. Never late and never early. Simply perfect. And God gave me a good swift kick in the butt to finally get started. Thank you, Jesus!
With Father’s Day right around the corner, (it’s THIS SUNDAY, 6.21, for all of you last minute people :)), it seemed appropritate for my first post to be centered on my biggest fan and the world’s best 4th grade basketball coach. My dad, aka Dan THE man. If you haven’t had a chance to meet him, I pray that your paths will cross.
As I mentioned, I am an athlete. I have played almost every sport you can think of growing up and eventually went on to play college basketball. My dad was my coach and he is also my biggest fan. Not just in sports, but in every day life. When I lived at home, my dad and I had a tradition of getting ice cream almost EVERY night. I would get a milkshake from UDF (United Dairy Farmers- a Cincinnati thing, my heart hurts for those who have never been there). My favorite was blue moo cookie dough but sometimes I would change it up and get a cookie n’ cream milkshake. I wish my metabolism could stay that way forever. It was our special time to catch up on life- even though it took up only about 20 minutes of our night. But boy, did we cherish those moments. I know I did.
Have you ever met someone so rare, so special that they just light up an entire room the second they walk in? And you wonder to yourself, how can this person be so optimistic in the face of a broken world? And what is wrong with me- I want to be that happy all the time, too! These people can be kinda annoying if I am being frank. It’s like, come on… does anything make you upset?! Well, that’s my dad. Don’t get me wrong, my dad has had his fair share of trials and tribulations. He has been tested again and again. But what I have always admired is that he always comes out of any fight that is thrown his way with a smile on his face. One thing he taught me that will forever stick is this: “Kristen, so you’ve had a bad day. We all have bad days. You have 24 hours to feel bad for yourself but then you have to pick yourself up and remember that tomorrow is a new day. Joy always comes in the morning.” Ok dad… easy for you to say! You’re always smiling. Telling people how “fantastic” you are. And only 24 hours?! Why can’t I wallow in the hurt just a little longer. As I get older, I can’t thank him enough for reminding me that if we are grateful enough to have another day, to rejoice in it, to soak in it.
Like I said, I am getting older. (You may think I am crazy but turning 25 scares me….I know, I know- find the joy, Kristen). And I have witnessed my own fair share of hardships. Sometimes I feel as if I have a soul of a 50 year old woman with the walks God has asked me to walk through. Thankfully, God is GOOD and blessed me with Dan Meyer as my earthly father. My dad has given me a lot of advice over the years and he has taught me what a man of God should be and what I need to look for in a husband who will lead me and my family. But if I take any of his advice and apply it to my life, and my hope is you do the same, it would be that no matter what, you can always find joy in the midst of pain.
Life is full of ups and downs and finding a way to find joy in the midst of pain can be really difficult. Having a rule to soak in your pain for 24 hours and then pick yourself up may not be realistic, but the “idea” of it is crucial. If we let the hardships of life get the best of us, we can’t be the joyful people that we were all created to be. Finding your sparkle and your joy when things get hard, because they will, doesn’t mean it will be easy, it just means you will be a much happier, fuller person because of it. Trying to navigate through life isn’t about being perfect, because that will never happen. It’s recognizing that it’s ok to break down and stumble but to remember to always get back up. It’s about renewing our minds with new thoughts that will lead to new perspective that will lead to you becoming the person that lights up any room you walk in to, having people ask you how you did it- how you came to find joy in the morning.
Think about a person in your life who shines in the midst of suffering- What advice would you wish to gain from them? How can you become that person? What struggles are you facing that is making it difficult to find the joy? I encourage you to check out Psalm 30:5. Also, I would LOVE to hear from you. Send me a message under the Contact tab 🙂
With grace and love,