By Elise LaVan
Special to Inside The Pew

As said in 2 Corinthians 5:7 “We live by faith, not by sight” (NIV). Having faith through the good times and bad is the key to living life to its fullest. When life starts to get hard, you push through it, and come out strong. Keeping your faith alive and strong makes you see more to life when everything is going well. And then when things start getting hard, because of your normally strong faith, it will be easier to make it through the rough patch.

God is always there for you to turn to when things don’t go your way. God wants us to, and teaches us to trust in Him always, no matter what. Even though people aren’t always there for you and sometimes can let you down, God won’t. God never gives up on anyone and helps you through everything. If you want God to help you, you need to let Him. You need to let Him into your heart, life, and soul.

Your relationship with God will depend largely on your view of Him. When someone says, “Why me,” God has gotten His way. He wants to get your attention, and clearly He has if you acknowledge the problem. You know the problem is there and now how you deal with the problem is all up to you.

Elise LaVan, a junior at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Ill., is just a normal teenager finding her place in the world, exploring, and having a great time doing it. The best thing in the world to Elise is being happy and laughing all the time. To contact Elise, email her at

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