By Andrew Kreye
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”Philippians 4:8
One of the things I find most fascinating about learning a new language is how it can change the way you think. It can also give you new insight into the language you already understand.
In my freshman year of college, I enrolled in a German class thinking I knew one language and that I was going to learn a new one. After two semesters, I realized that there were now two languages I didn’t understand.
Although I learned a lot about German in those classes, I think I learned even more about English. Or more specifically, I learned how little I knew about English.
It was then that I realized I may never completely understand either language.
In fact, I can say with certainty that I will never perfectly understand anything.
This doesn’t discourage me though, because it means there will always be something more for me to learn.
A friend recently said something that resonated with me: “You will never possess a virtue perfectly, only God can, but you can increase in virtue every day.”
We are made for God, who is infinite, meaning we have a capacity for the infinite. However as finite beings, we can never reach God’s level, so we will never become infinite.
The cool thing about infinity is that you can approach it forever without ever getting there, no matter how close you are.
If you have ever heard anyone say, “Heaven sounds boring,” now you know that that person is wrong. How can boredom exist when you can learn and grow forever?
How could you get tired of being in the presence of the One who is perfect and infinite love, who loves you completely, and about whom there is always something new to discover? And it’s always something good!
This is one of the reasons I love poetry. You may have spoken English since you were a child, but after reading a poem you may reconsider the meaning of the simplest of words. And even those simple words can have a great emotional impact if only they’re said in the right way.
Wherever you may be right now, God has a plan for you, and His plan is never exhausted.
Sometimes it’s hard to see what God’s plan might be, and I know how easy it is to avoid asking Him for help. When that happens, read the verse at the top of this page. Spend some time focusing on truly good things. I know that helps me to get everything back into perspective.
Although you may not be satisfied in your life right now, there is even beauty in waiting and strength in accepting where you are. By acknowledging the current struggle, you also acknowledge the good to come.
Remember, God is not afraid of your worst days. He will stay with you during your lowest of lows. Will you give Him permission to show you the way to the heights?
I’d like to end with a few verses from the prophet Habakkuk that I find beautiful:
“For though the fig tree does not blossom,
and no fruit appears on the vine,
Though the yield of the olive fails
and the terraces produce no nourishment,
Though the flocks disappear from the fold
and there is no herd in the stalls,
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord
and exult in my saving God.
God, my Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet swift as those of deer
and enables me to tread upon the heights.”Habakkuk 3:17-19