meet janine. 18. canada.
pete & co
chai latte, that turned into a hot chocolate.
Janine. This girl is wise beyond her years and loving beyond human possibilities. She was the perfect person to start this project with and has left me even more excited for whats in store for the next 51. Janine moved to Sydney for college to study Pastoral Leadership. She is a world changer and I can't wait to see where she is headed in the next few years. This girl lights up the room with her smile and creates a presence that is unmatchable. I am so incredibly grateful to call her my friend. So, without further ado, I present to you Janine.
"Life is amazing. Life is challenging. Life is unexpected."
what has been one of your most defining moments?
The revelation of unconditional love and what that looks like and how we can practically live it out. It has been a long journey realising that I am called to love and that love isn't earned and can't be earned. I am called to love each and every person, deserving or not. That realisation touched close to home when I came to understand that unconditional love even loves those who have hurt you. My dad left when I was one. Growing up, I pitied myself and my father thinking that that was what he deserved because he wasn't around. I hated him for awhile and pitied him as well, but not of that was love. Recently, after reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, I realised that my concept of love was not at all how God defines love. We tend to view love as relational- I love you because you are who you are- but reality is we are called to love regardless of this. We are called to love the fathers who left us, the friends who disappoint us, and the ones committing crimes around the world. Love doesn't always equal acceptance of actions, but acceptance of the fact that we are all one, created in God's image.
so...thats big...how is that going?
It's hard. It's really hard. And basically impossible in my own strength. For me, it's all about surrender and realising that it is all God and for a purpose greater than that that I will ever know. My biggest challenge with love is the selflessness of it- being fully for the other person. Loving people isn't about what you can gain out of that relationship, it's about understanding that there is a heart and a soul in every person and that alone is worth loving. And really, who am I to get the opportunity to love everyone? That's amazing.
where do you see yourself in the future?
To be honest, I really have no idea. All I know is that I want to use my gifts and talents to glorify God. I do know that I want to lead in some capacity, but how...I have no idea. I am so open for anything. The challenge in this is to not become lazy and complacent and just waiting for things to happen to me instead of playing an active role in where my life goes.
janine on changing the world.
You are a world changer. Everyone is a world changer. Every interaction we have with people changes their world, even if just in a small way. Changing the world for one person can be as simple as a smile or genuinely asking how someone's day is. Never underestimate the part that you play in the lives of others.
last thoughts, advice, one liners....?
Do things that scare you. Say hi to someone you don't know. Stretch yourself. Be someone you aren't, in a positive way. Get to know your neighbours, and not just because you are too loud. Love others.