When I was in university, I was a part-time student, full-time scholar, half-time athlete and a whole-time emotional wreck. It was a tough student life.
In that season, God gave me people who welcomed me in their circle of care.
Looking back, I don’t remember the programs, models or structures they used to reach out to me in trying to keep me sane. But I remember their kind words, the free dinners, the countless sleepovers, my birthday surprises and their consistent presence in my pity-parties.
Since then, I have gotten married, moved to another country, moved up the corporate ladder and carried the weight of the world on my shoulders.
I had to fall flat on my face before I realize that I cannot fix things by myself. Deep down inside of me is still that young college student, who longs to be protected from the harsh realities of my chosen environment.
Who do you remember at times of despair? The people who invested in you, who showed you that you are worthy of their love, time and money.
Not everybody will take the journey with you all the way. Choose to be with people who bring you life and not those who take life from you.
Don’t give up on people you nurture, who leave your embrace, it only takes a matter of time for the seed you planted to grow deep and lead them back to you.