My 20th birthday was an awful day but I am thankful for the lessons learned on that birthday.
I remember it well. I was sick and miserable and alone on my birthday ( I am not looking for pity, just setting up background ). And when that day of birth came around, my Facebook wall was filled with close friends and not so close friends wishing me a happy day. It was nice but there was a trend I noticed that stuck out to me. Now remember I was sick and tired which makes me over emotional. So that is why I over reacted and got upset about this. The majority of facebook friends left a message saying ” Happy Birthday Sabrina! You are such a great photographer!” My immediate reaction was, “Of all the things to say about a person, they just think I am a good photographer? ” (remember I was emotional; don’t judge haha) ” Gosh, I must be a lousy person because all they can say about me is something that I do and not about who I am.”
In the end, I can say it was a good thing that I got upset over something so little. It really makes me think about what I want to be known for in life and what I want to leave behind. I go back to my 20th birthday and how I felt and it inspires me and challenges me. When people think about Sabrina Nohling what do they think? I don’t think this is selfish to consider. I think it is a good heart check because how I act and what I am known for is a reflection of my heart.
I want to be known for something more than just a photographer.
I want to be known for having a life devoted to glorifying the Lord.
I want to make Christ known through me.
I want to be known for having a heart that if full of joy and love and a life that overflows with service to those around me.
I desire to be known for my inward beauty. For my heart that made alive by Jesus and eyes and smile would burn bright.
I want people to think and to love on the elderly when they think of me. That is my passion and I want to challenge people to notice them.
I want to be known as the woman who doesn’t have anything bad to say about anyone.
I want to be known as the woman who knows my photography gift and uses it to bless others.
That is what I want to be known for. And I am not there yet but it gives me something to aspire to and these are things I pray that the Lord will work in me!
My 20th birthday challenged me to live a life more full and to have my actions show it. I hope this challenges you as well and you start to ask what you want to be known for. Then go live it out!