We are delighted to share with you today a short story encouraging us all to stop and think of those who have helped shape our lives in a positive way. At the same time, it is important to realize the ways in which we are impacting the lives of others.
It was my 3rd grade teacher that first believed in me and became my pen-pal after he moved out of state. It was my Sunday school teacher that poured into me week after week in church. It was my cheerleading sponsor that gave me money to go to Young Life Camp. It was my student council director that saw more in me then I ever saw in myself and encouraged me to run for student body president and be a leader in my school. It was my mom that taught me to pray. It was my father that taught me the value of hard work. It was my sister that shared life’s secrets on becoming a godly woman. It was my brothers that made me laugh on a daily basis.
It is my husband that looks through my faults and insecurities and makes me feel beautiful inside and out. It is my children that teach me to love in a way that I never knew existed. It is my family and friends that love, encourage and challenge me to be a better person grounded in faith.
As I look back on my life and reflect on who I am today, I realize that I was the one that all of these folks prayed for and invested in. Because of the influence of each of these people, I am who I am today. Now it is my turn to encourage a child, love a neighbor, give generously to others, pray, love, serve and invite.
Who is the one that you are investing in?
Are you making a difference in the lives of those around you?
Source: Daily Steps, Every One Matters, Newsletter, Cypress Church (19 Mar. 2015)