South Carolina and I Have Something In Common…

Posted: December 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


The other day I was watching something and they mentioned South Carolina’s state motto: Dum Spiro Spero. Translated it means  “While I Breathe, I Hope.” I even lived in South Carolina for awhile and I didn’t know.

Anyone who’s known me for a while knows that one of the maxims I live by is “There’s always hope as long as we’re still breathing.”  Life has a way of creating all sorts of twists and turns. There is certainly no guarantee that everything will be easy, or comfortable along the way. But I was thinking the other day about how in the midst of some of the toughest times of my life I also met some of the most amazing people, and had incredible experiences along the way.  These last few weeks have been tough physically and emotionally, but I’ve had such a sense of God’s presence with me. I’ve also been overwhelmed by the love and support of the people who populate my world.  I am so thankful for each one of you and the history we share together.  I have no idea what the future holds, but I do know that I’ve got some great traveling companions for the journey.  And in the mean time I’m more committed than ever to really live fully in the moment and to be fully present with everyone I’m with.  In the midst of the holiday season and the busyness, hopefully we can all remember that the greatest gift we can give each other is ourselves.

I’m reminded of this Old Testament scripture:

17 Though the fig tree does not bud
   and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
   and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
   and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
   I will be joyful in God my Savior.

 19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
   he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
   he enables me to tread on the heights.

Habakkuk 3


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