Our lives are made up of snapshots. In my 26 years of life, I can look back on my life and see some of my snapshots.

A snapshot of me in middle school would show you a young, funny, overweight, insecure, hopeless romantic wishing one day that he would find a girl who would fall in love with him. You would also see a young christian who believed he was called to go into ministry.

If you took a snapshot of me in high school you would see a young kid whose mother was ill and dad worked a lot, a kid who experimented a lot with drugs, sold drugs, and ended up graduating with a 1.6 GPA.

When I was in middle school and high school, my snapshots told me that I’d never find someone who would fall in love with me and I would never amount to anything in life.

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If you took a snapshot of my life 5 years after high school, you would see a confident young man, a young leader, a man who found the love of his life, a man who loves God, works at a church, and a man on his way to do great things.

If I could have only seen a snapshot of what my life would look like 10 years down the road when I was in school, I would have gotten so excited! I wouldn’t have worried about whether or not I’d find the right girl or whether or not I’d end up doing well in life.

When life gets tough, we tend to focus on the snapshot of our current circumstances, get depressed, and lose hope. I have seen too many people give up on their lives because they can’t see their life moving beyond the current snapshot.

Although we may not like the snapshot of our lives at the current moment, if we could see snapshots of our lives 6 months, 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, or 20 years down the road, we would realize how insignificant a lot of the things we’re worrying and depressed about are. Don’t let your current snapshot cause you to throw in the towel!

Your current snapshot is not an indicator of how your life will turn out. Don’t give up. A snapshot of your life in 1 year could look completely different from the snapshot of your life today.


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