Finding Yourself Part 1
“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways.” Proverbs 14:8
As most know, this past week I launched Meals from Madison officially. I am amazed at the reactions I received. Sunday, February 25th may have just been one of the best days I've ever had. Beginning with the church and ending with the church, which gave me the motivation to launch all my social media and the website. I have learned a lot about myself throughout these few weeks and I have never felt better. I think one of the most important things I've really learned is who I do all of this for. The answer is quite a personal topic but it's something I would love to share with anyone else struggling in a similar situation. Eventually, everyone faces loss. As much as we hate to admit it, a loss can break us, tear us down, and haunt us until we lose sight of the bigger picture. About 4 weeks ago, I woke up and went to church like any normal day, not knowing that would be the beginning of one of the hardest weeks of my life. That day I got a phone call that my cousin Nick, had passed away, and by Tuesday my Mom and I were on a flight to Nashville, Tennessee. At this time, Meals from Madison was in the works, but I wasn't giving it my all like I could have. The next couple days were the hardest. Nick was one of the most loving, caring, driven, faithful, intelligent people I have ever met. He gave everything his all, and loved others like there was no tomorrow. He took after his Grandpa David. Nick and my Uncle David could be described as ‘true Christians’ if there was ever a definition. They always put themselves last and by the smiles on their faces every single day, you could tell, they loved people. Even when the smiles faded and Nick went home, we knew the lives he touched will forever be changed. Including mine. I am forever blessed to have to gotten to know him. I began to lose myself because we had lost him. We came home, life wasn't the same. It was much harder to focus, express love, and love God. That’s when I found Nick in Meals from Madison. That's when I kicked my ideas into drive and wanted to help people as soon as possible. I began to gain my way of life again, all knowing I have Nick looking out for me always. I sit back and think about how I did all this. How I built it, how I find myself thinking about others before myself, how I often think about how life would be different if I hadn't found him in myself. Now when people ask me how I am, I can say good without it being fake. Because Nick taught me that loving others isn't a one-day thing, its every day in the words we say and our actions. That's why I do what I do. When my time comes, I pray that I am half the person Nick was. Whether you're reading this from Northpoint, or you heard about us online, or even my friends, thank you. It's because of people like you, that I am able to do this. Stay tuned for a new blog post every week about the latest feelings, activities, and stories I have to share. Be kind to one another, God bless.
I love you, Nick.