Many People Shape Our Lives (4/3/13)

As I look back on my lifetime, I see the many who have mentored my life. I see the friends, the neighbors, the educators, the pastors, the church leaders, the Sunday School teachers, the proprietors, the business people, and the coaches who have meant so much to my development.

I praise and admire each of these, but none could compare to the lessons that I learned from my parents. The reason they meant so much to me is they carried out the lessons with care, compassion, kindness, and love. I always knew that I was truly loved. They showed me their own footprint in this world and challenged me to exceed the attainments they had achieved.

They taught me to exude compassionate caring to all I meet in life. I must appreciate my neighbor, if I am to care for myself. I must meet the needs of the helpless, if I am to be able to provide for my own needs. I must share of myself and my worth, if I am to be able to grow and receive true understanding in life. I must be an understanding follower, if I am to be an able leader.

One of the hardest lessons I had to learn is that life is not all about me. I need to make the most of the opportunities presented me to make a difference to those I meet on life's pathway.

When I stop, take the time to be still, and listen to my heart and spirit, I'm aware of my purpose in being here. It's not about my home, but do I care for the homeless? It's not about a beautiful lawn, but did I play ball with the kids and grandkids? It's not about how I take care of my body, but do I care for those in the nursing homes?

Be strong. Forgive those who have hurt you. Be bold and live for others. Don't wait for things to get better someday. Do something about it today. Use those God-given talents to make the footprint God purposed for your life.