14 years ago today I said yes to be Mrs. Natalie McVay. WOW, time flies when you’re having fun. We could have never guessed how our life would be shaping up and where we are today. The thing that I have learned the most and the advice I would give today is to: Put aside all preconceived thoughts of how you think your life is going look and be open to each new day. Take it on fiercely and love trumps all things, don’t look to others to compare your status in life. Be who you are and who you were created to be, it should really not look like anyone else’s life if you are being true to yourself.
I learn new things each day, we face new obstacles every day as each of you do. We are in this marriage for the long haul, we respect each other, we never give up even when it seems like the easy way out. We take the narrow path, the path that is harder to travel but way more rewarding in the end.
I think that choice mirrors our Christian walk as well, it is a narrow path. It is not always the easiest and the most sought after but it is the one we should strive to stay on. Always learning and growing, able to accept change and whatever life throws at us. The narrow path is usually less traveled, it is the one that God has paved for us. It doesn’t mean it will be an easy one, but when we are obedient and on the right path for our lives He will honor and bless it. We have to fight to stay on the narrow path, it is so easy to give in and take the wide path that is busy and traveled on but it is not the one for Christians. We are to be set apart, we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood.
Do your daily interactions display a chosen person, do you look like you’re a member of a royal priesthood. You are chosen and loved by God, he has a special job and purpose for each of us. We have a great power, He left his power here with us. Do you utilize it? It is our power to utilize, that will look differently for each of us.
It doesn’t mean that we will be parting waters and turning water into wine, some will, but on the daily it can be very simple. I think attitude is a big one, we have the power to escalate or diffuse a situation. We literally hold that power, we can make things better or worse. Hard to admit, but sometimes I can be with Allen and he is busy and I simply want his attention. I clearly know he has been out in the field all day working with no phone service and has work to do at the end of the day, which also happens to be the same time he sees me for the first time. However, instead of getting angry, which I had to fight off, I chose to suck it up and love. It totally changed the whole outcome for our night just this week, I could have gotten angry, let my feelings be hurt because I hadn’t seen him in 2 days, instead I chose love and reason. Sounds simple, and I know there are big offenses that some of us face, but our attitude weighs heavily one many outcomes big or small. If we don’t squash them when they are little they can become huge. We can add to or prevent much drama by the choices we choose to make. We started our week out on love and forgiveness and it has been another great week of life. This had nothing to do with him and everything to do with me, I hadn’t even mentioned it to him, I keep outing myself on here… 🙂 However, it does feel right to be honest with each of you and myself.
I hope that you will think of this as you go into the next two days, I’m sure there are some encounters that you may be getting ready to face that you are not to excited about. However, you can be the difference, you can change things for the better, by simply putting on a better attitude. One of love and grace, forgiveness and mercy. Everyone is facing a battle, be the light for them. Don’t dread, dread is blah! Think of how you can do things to love and show love.
I think dread is something we should all remove from our vocabulary. When you dread I feel like you are setting yourself up for failure. You are already stepping into a situation with a bad attitude, choose not to do this. Change your situation if you dread it so bad. Do your best to stay positive no matter what life throws at you, we are all fighting the good fight and with hard work and perseverance we will see it through to fruition. Stay on the narrow path, no matter the cost. In the end it will have proven to be worth it.
I pray that each of you have a very Merry Christmas! May you seek Him first in all things and may the upcoming year, be one filled with many good things!