Give It All You Got

Hey y’all! It has been my joy to be able to join the Scarlet & Gold team for a short time as a public relations intern. Best. Decision. Ever. I am originally from Madison, Alabama, and I will head to Indianapolis, Indiana, in June to start my first big girl job! Working on the blog the past few months has been one of the biggest blessings, and I am honored to be able to wrap up my time with S&G with a post.  

I recently graduated from Auburn University with a degree in public relations. I am thrilled to have accepted a full-time position with an organization that I am absolutely crazy about, but it also means that my time in Auburn has come to an end. I am at a crossroads in my life; we’ve all been there. I always loved moving when I was a child because I looked at it as a new opportunity to decide to be a better version of me. But this time its different. Leaving Auburn is one of the hardest things I’ve probably ever had to do. It means the end of a lot of really good things. It means the end of a huge comfort zone that I have worked hard to create over the past four years. But how wonderfully terrifying that we are not called to a life of comfort. 

This past year I have learned the value of being present. It is a lot easier to grow a community where you are, if you aren’t constantly looking at where you have already been. It is also easier to see where you are being called to devote your time and effort in order to give your best self. There truly is a season for everything, and right now you might be called into a season of waiting, or a season of healing or a season of extreme change. Embrace the present, and give all you have to working diligently for the Kingdom in the place He has called you to be right now. 

Change can be hard, and change is constant. Whether you are graduating college, starting a new job, moving away from a place you’ve called your home for years (or are like me and are experiencing all of these things at once), know that you are not alone– even in the change. I have noticed that my work suffers when I am overwhelmed, so sometimes it is important for me to take some time to breathe and remember that I serve a God who is strong in my weakness and who draws near when it feels like I have no more to give. 

While working at S&G I have had the opportunity to sit and soak up wisdom from the other members of the team. It has been such a blessing to learn from and grow alongside women whose wisdom so clearly stems from their faith. One of the most memorable things that Megan shared with me during the beginning of my time as part of the team was the following advice: “Don’t be afraid to try. You might fall on your face, but you’ll never know unless you try it out.”

Nine out of ten times it will be tempting to take the easier way out, but when I remember who I am working for it changes things. Paul writes in Colossians “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

I have always believed that we all have an important story to share, that who you are matters and what you do matters, but my time at S&G has taught me even more that how you do it matters too. So be present, keep your eyes glued to the eternal value of what you are doing, and give it all you got! You might even be surprised at how much you have to give. 

xoxo

Val


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