I sat down in the same brown, wooden chair where I sold my first set of books three month prior. It was at that moment that I realized how much had changed in my life. I didn’t recognize the young woman I had become. This mere realization sent me into a little state of shock and I began to shake as I opened the books to show the kids. It was a solidifying moment in my life and I maybe would compare it to the “ah-ha” moment that perhaps Joan of Arc or Queen Ester experienced when they realized their calling in life was bigger than themselves. I don’t claim that what I accomplished in one summer was like leading an army or an action of self-sacrifice, but I realized my own potential. I was not a scared little girl sitting in that brown chair. I will always thank my first summer with Southwestern Advantage for helping me realize I no longer needed to give way to fear of the unknown. I’m sure at some point those other women realized that too.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”—2 Corinthians 4:17