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Looking Ahead

May. 8, 2023

Contributed by Kahu Kalani Wong, KS Maui

Heluhelu Baibala/Bible Reading

18 Mai hoʻomanaʻo ʻoukou i nā mea ma mua, Mai manaʻo hoʻi i nā mea kahiko. 19 Aia hoʻi, e hana ana au i mea hou; I kēia manawa nō ia e puka mai ai; ʻAʻole anei ʻoukou e ʻike mai? He ʻoiaʻiʻo nō, e hana nō wau i alanui ma ka wao nahele, A i kahawai hoʻi ma ka wao akua- 'Isaia 43:18-19

18 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.- Isaiah 43:18-19

He Mana’o o ke haumāna Lauryn DuBach, KS Maui ’23- Ka Papa Kou

My palms began to sweat as I approached my position. It was my first ever bowling game. “Why did I decide to try a new sport during my senior year,” I thought. I randomly decided to try bowling this year, as my previous year had been full of stress. I figured it would be fun. The dots on the floor and arrows on the lane were reassuring, but the clamorous cheering coming from every angle intimidated me. I brought the ball back, took my four steps, and released the ball. One pin down! “How could I miss so bad?”

As the Lord mentioned in Isaiah, focusing on the past is unnecessary. He has great things in store for us, but our mindsets must be positive. Optimism is the key to triumph. As I got up to throw my second ball. I had to forget my poor start and begin a new way. My heart was beating at thousands of miles per hour, but my mind was focused on the last nine pins. I walked up to the line, brought the ball back, and threw it. Spare! My score greatly improved, and my teammates cheered me on. For the rest of the game, I continued to do well. I had the highest score of the game! This trend continued until the end of the season. I ended up as the second-place girls’ bowler in the MIL.

If you had asked me at the beginning of the season if I could see myself winning a second-place medal as an MIL bowler, I would probably laugh. The experience I gained from this fall sport has taught me not only to perform well under pressure, but to have an optimistic mindset. I am doing a new thing! Took: The past is for wisdom, the present is for life, and the future is for refinement. As we continue through our lives, we must remain in a positive mindset. The Lord wants us to strive. Though life may seem tough, we have to persevere through those times to create the best version of ourselves.

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