So, I have been really interested lately in the responses that I have gotten from different adults regarding what I am doing here. I, of course, was really excited when I got an email back from a Crisis Pregnancy Center saying that they had been praying for the youth to step up. (This Pregnancy Center was in California, where I used to live, and my mom used to be the director of it) The director sent my blog to some pro-life groups in local public highschools, and a few youth pastors. You can only imagine my excitement. Then, about two weeks ago, I sent letters to all the US reps for Washington State. I got a letter back from one of them saying, *sorry, I'm not your rep, so I can't do anything for you*. Like, what?!? Yeah, I know you're not in my district, but, I mean, you're a representative for my state and so I should be able to send you a letter. I wonder if I would have gotten the same letter from him if I had told him to vote for abortion (he was democrat). Two of my sisters also wrote letters (all of our letters amounted to 27 that morning! Lot's of stamps and envelopes, but it was awesome) and they got a letter from him also. One sister got another letter from a different rep. I was confused! So, here's the thing. Sometimes people are going to be really excited about what you're doing, and sometimes others aren't. But some will be in between. I've had a few of those. The people in between who couldn't care less either way usually are the most discouraging. I don't know why but I think it's because people who are cheering you on are obviously encouraging, people who are fighting strongly against you just make you want to win (at least they do me, because I'm really competitive), but the people who don't care make you feel like you're doing something dumb and worthless, and maybe you're just wasting your time. Those can be the people that drag you down the most and I'll just warn you, there's usually a lot of them. So, in whatever you do, don't be discouraged! I hear a lot, "Never give up!" But I don't think that that is exactly the mentality that God had in mind for us. I believe this is:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Collosians 3:23-24
This is my favorite verse, and whenever I start to feel like I'm going in circles or something, I read it. Somehow, it feels so much more fulfilling to be working good ultimately for God, instead of men. If ever you are feeling discouraged about anything, even if it's doing the dishes or finishing homework that you hate, do it for the Lord! Try it sometime. It never fails to bring a smile to my face. Yeah, okay, this was a long post, but if you got through it, I congratulate you!