C.S. Lewis quoted: “Be thankful for difficult times. During those times you grow. Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character. Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.”
When I was in kindergarten, my principal called me into the office to see her. Her name was Miss Crane. I was concerned, as I was sure that I was in a heap of trouble. To my surprise she handed me a pad of paper and a pencil, remembering back, both seemed very large to me. Then again, I was very small.
She proceeded to tell me to be aware of thoughts that come to mind, and to be sure to write those thoughts down in this pad. She said I believe that you are going to be a writer someday. Miss Crane very confidently said, poems, plays, books. I believe that you have a gift to write. I wish I could say that I was excited, directed, or even happy to hear this news. At the ripe age of 5, I sat relieved that I was not in any trouble and sat groveling with the idea that I did not yet know how to write the word, Margaret.
As time went on, I became more and more thankful, I never forgot these words of encouragement that she had given me that day. By 3rd grade I had written several poems, had one published and wrote the 6th grade play that our class performed for families of our class, many plays since then. I wrote for the local newspaper, published 3 books, went on to write my whole life.
This road to fulfill what I had been told I would do, did not come easy, as C.S. Lewis stated, many lessons I learned through trials and tribulations in my life.
When we are thankful for all that we have learned through our trials, we may embrace the gifts that He has given us. Usually -so that we may touch the lives of someone else.
A gift to write lives on forever, people are able to read thousands of years after you have written a message, long after you are gone. What a treasure, to continue to encourage, entertain, and direct another needy life, long after you have finished your race! Our message lives on forever, like the gospel message, written thousands of years ago. People today are still being refreshed, renewed, saved and delivered, long after the inspired writers have gone.
I am especially thankful this season for that message of the gospel, which was inspired by the Holy Spirit.I am also thankful for the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for each one of us, He chose to sacrifice His life, die in our place, then beat death by rising again to the Father. He is a risen, living Savior. I am so thankful that my soul can live on forever, just like my writing. I thank God for the gift of eternal life!