Who has impacted you? Do you ever consider the people who have most influenced your life?
Maybe it is:
- A family member
- An author whose book influenced the way you think
- A person who offered you encouragement
- A famous person you try to emulate
- A person who demonstrated integrity despite difficult circumstances
- A teacher who gave you a love for learning
- An achiever who overcame obstacles to pursue their dream
I've been impacted by many people. Today I want to mention two people and both of them have since died. However, the impact they made in my life lives on.
Eileen suffered for years with a heart condition due to arteriosclerosis and a heart valve problem. However, despite frequent emergency room visits and hospitalizations, she always found humor. I could always hear sounds of laughter even before reaching her cubicle. She took dance lessons at the senior center and joined a dance group of older ladies who entertained people in nursing homes. She loved reruns of I Love Lucy and old black and white movies. She loved high tea and sipping from the good china cups.
Eileen taught me to live, love and laugh.
Georgia died of a heart condition that was similar to the one I had corrected when I was seven years old. However, her heart defect wasn't discovered until she was much older so irreversible changes occurred. She struggled each day trying to get enough oxygen. But her impact touched many. She was the person who introduced me to Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). She suggested that I study the Bible verse by verse and apply it to my life. She invited me and personally sat next to me through my first session which I loved. I continued in BSF for years and even worked as a children's leader for seven years.
Georgia taught me to love God's Word and to apply it to my life.
How about you? Can you name someone who has impacted your life? Hopefully, it's in a good way but it may not be. A negative influence may be just the thing that propelled you to live differently. Will you share at least one person that impacted you?
Blessings and love,
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