"LORD, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps."
First, I must tell you I LOVE you all deeply.
Secondly, I must tell you that my wish for you is that you TRAVEL. TRY weird foods. MEET people who speak different languages than you. READ books about things you never knew. IMMERSE yourself in cultures that are opposite from everything you know. ALLOW international experiences change the way you think about the world.
The smaller you let yourself be in life - the bigger your world will become and the more opportunities you'll have to transform yourself.
Don't settle for being happy, find JOY in every circumstance.
Don't live to be content, instead be hungry for more of LIFE.
As the awesome British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson said,
"that which we are, we are,
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
Oh, and if you think of it, send me a postcard!
Love, Ms. Manning
Landrum High School
"A person’s steps are directed by the Lord, and the Lord delights in his way.
When he falls, he will not be thrown down headfirst because the Lord holds on to his hand. I have been young, and now I am old, but I have never seen a righteous person abandoned or his descendants begging for food. He is always generous and lends freely. His descendants are a blessing. Avoid evil, do good, and live forever. The Lord loves justice, and he will not abandon his godly ones. They will be kept safe forever, but the descendants of wicked people will be cut off.
Righteous people will inherit the land and live there permanently."