Have you ever wondered:
Why is this part of my story?
What good can come from this?
I spend each morning reading a devotion and reflecting. I find someone and something to be thankful for and then sit and ponder why certain situations are part of my story. What am I supposed to learn? I have always believed in the idea of leading with sunshine. You might wonder: what does that mean?
I believe it means that you understand that you will have chapters of your story that feel like they were written by someone who wants to hurt you. You wonder how any of this can be used for good. The sunshine comes into play when you choose to look for the lesson in the heartache and continue to move forward. You don't sit and wallow in the pain day in and day out. Please don't get me wrong. I have had days where a chapter of my life was so heartbreaking that I cried; however, I have always been blessed with someone who has encouraged me, cared for me, and shared devotionals or songs to uplift me. Because of these blessings, I choose to pay it forward. I want to uplift others. I want to believe that I can be the person who encourages someone during a difficult time in their life.
Don't believe that the broken pieces of your story are terrible and pointless.
Believe that the broken pieces of your story have a purpose beyond your wildest dreams. They will help you heal, grow, change your mindset, and believe something beautiful is on the other side. Know that the broken pieces signify a new beginning. A new opportunity to create a new chapter of your story. A chapter that uses the broken pieces of the past to help others and make a difference. I don't know about you, but I would much prefer to go throughout life looking for the sunshine in the storm, the lesson in the broken pieces, and choose to believe that there is something beautiful on the other side.