Slice of life of 18-year-old Hanaya Oki living in Kamakura, Japan, as she learns to do life with Jesus.
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Lord, don't know why I'm feeling down. Hmm... I think I'm not good enough, I want to prove myself and be accepted. But you know, things aren't going the way I thought they would, it's hard to keep up, and I'm getting tired.
Hanaya, I know you're tempted to seek your value from the world. But listen, you don't need to be validated by anybody. Your value is not known except in heaven. There is no one on this earth that's going to discern who you are and what you're worth. I planned you before the ages began. You were already written about. Don't burden yourself trying to measure up to people's flawed perception of worthiness, beauty, and legacy.
Save yourself from the stress to keep up because of the fear of missing out. The world is passing away. Their glory is short-lived, it's already fading away like the withering grass of the fields. You need to discern who you are, and what's going to remain permanent when you breathe your last.
Stay connected to me. I am the bread of life and the living waters for your thirsty soul. When you feel down or confused, talk to me. Ask for understanding. What you might be feeling could be a false perception of reality.
And by the way, since you're walking the narrow way to follow me, you're already rejected by the world. Many love darkness more than the light. They're blind and deceived. Don't pay attention to empty philosophies, nor desire meaningless validations. It's a big nothing.
So Hanaya, quit trying to make the world like you. Free up your soul to run the race I have marked out for you. Commit to the path I have chosen for you, and stay with it. I have called you out of this world to be the light, the voice of truth, to awaken those who have ears to hear.