Isabelle Thompson - Grade 7, Dayton Christian Middle School
Change. It’s by far my least favorite word in the dictionary. I guess the reason I dislike change is because it means something new and different will affect my life. I had grown up living a sheltered life, and educated myself that there was nothing immoral or corrupt in this world. I was wrapped up in being as comfortable as I possibly could, but all of that would change one cool summer night. My mom and dad sat me down and gently told me our family was moving. A million thoughts and questions filled my head as I sat there with a blank expression on my face. We’re moving? Where and why? What can I do to make you change your mind? Big, hot tears filled my eyes and rolled down my face as I suddenly realized that I had to say goodbye to the only place I had ever called home.
A few months later my family settled into our new house and a fresh obstacle lay ahead: middle school. I had always been homeschooled, which I loved, but I had made the best decision by choosing to attend school. The first day of middle school was terrifying and an ocean of uncertainty was set out before me. As the year continued, I realized that everybody has their insecurities and uncertainties. I eventually learned the different rules that accompanied this new place, and I actually began to enjoy myself. Now I am in the seventh grade, and have learned that nothing is difficult if you set your mind towards it and stick with it, even if it’s something as simple as getting an A+ on a math test.
Even though I have overcome past challenges, I still don’t know what lies ahead. Just because you jump over one hurdle doesn’t mean there won’t be another one to climb over. I do know that throughout all of this change there will be people to love and comfort me, to help me back up when I fall, to push me to keep going, and to ride alongside this wild journey with me. And even though some of these people may fail me in life, I have a perfect God who will never fail me.
Corrie Ten Boom once said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” I’m continuing to take small steps in my walk of faith with God and figuring out His plans for me. I have learned through all of this change to lean even more on friends, family, teachers, and most importantly, Christ. I have also learned that putting yourself out there and taking risks can make you a stronger, happier and better person who will influence other people’s lives much more than any social media post or clique of popular girls ever could. As Corrie Ten Boom said, “Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings. It’s something we make inside ourselves.”