Birthdays remind us that we are, here and now.

Back in January, I wrote this quote down from the book “Wrecked”:

I want to be the kind of person who doesn’t stall, who faces a decision and boldly steps into it, aware of all the other opportunities I’m missing. I don’t want to be afraid of what I’m missing: instead, I want to embrace what I get to experience.

But in January, I knew what the things I was missing back home were. I knew their faces. And their voices. What I couldn’t tell you, was what I’d be missing if I never left Atlanta. I wasn’t sure if I’d make any friends. I couldn’t tell you if I’d ever enjoy being in Uganda. Or that I’d  ever feel like Uganda was even a good decision. The “what I knew I’d miss” weighed more than the “what I don’t know I’m missing”.

I’m in my 7th month here, and when I think back to that quote, I am reminded at how small my faith can be. Because the “what I don’t know I’m missing” is so much more than I could ever have hoped for. The “what I know now” are the names and faces and stories that are forever engraved on my heart.

And I wouldn’t want to have missed them for the world.

 

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Today was magical. ~ab

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One Response to Birthdays remind us that we are, here and now.

  1. Of course it was magical. It is your birthday! We are so happy that you are so happy in Uganda! Your faith your friends your family they have all grown but no one has grown as much as you have. May your life continue to be filled with joy and learning! We love you girl! Happy birthday!

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