My pastor challenged us in church this morning to reach out to one person who has left an impression on us. His point being, sometimes you don’t know you’re affecting someone’s life in a positive way and it’s encouraging to hear this from those you touch. As I sat and thought about this today, I realized that there are many people who have touched my life. No doubt, every single friend or family member has in some way blessed me throughout my life. But there were 3 sweet ladies that I would have to say need special mention, mainly because I rarely take the time to express this. That is, after all, the point of this challenge. To let someone who may not already know it, that they have made a positive impact on your life. Here goes:
Number one: Maw Maw Brittain
Maw Maw, you have, from the time I can remember always had my best interest at heart. I remember times when you helped provide for my needs when certainly it wasn’t something you had to do. I remember you taking me shopping once for school clothes and I was elated when I was able to choose a dress that had smiley faces on it that said “Don’t worry be happy.” I couldn’t have been much older than 8 or 9. I remember once having a family reunion to go to and you brought me to get a new pair of shoes for the occasion. They were a simple pair of white canvas shoes, but to me they were precious. Thank you. I also remember you in times of darkness. I remember when Morgan died, standing alongside her casket, you allowing me to just break down in your arms. It was your loving arms that brought me comfort that day. I will never forget that. You are the person who encourages my dreams, no matter what they are. You cheer me on to be the best that I can be no matter what it is. We could go weeks without talking but your love is never lost to me and I hope mine is never lost to you. Know, that I love you so very much and you have greatly impacted my life and helped shape me into who I am today.
Number two: Aunt Loretta
Oh boy oh boy the memories. I practically lived at your house growing up. Running from my yard to yours, creating wonderfully hilarious memories with Emily and Earl. I remember Saturday morning grocery shopping with you. I used to LOVE going grocery shopping with you on Saturdays. I think I got my love for organization from you. I remember always going to Walmart first (Back when it wasn’t a super center), then to Burger King. It was there where you would meticulously go over your list for our next stop, Kroger. You would get out any coupons for the day and we would head across the street and shop. I remember you always having the kids vitamins out every day, a habit I carried into my own household. I remember your crazy driving (or so I thought when I was little). I remember you as a great multitasker. But beyond that I remember you as being someone who was always there. Typically when bad things happen, everyone puts a little distance between themselves and a tragic situation. Not you. You step right up to the front line and offer yourself up. Your time, your love, your support and prayers. It’s something you STILL do to this day. A woman of your character is rare and I strive to be even just a portion of what you are. I love you.
Number three: Aunt Frances
It wasn’t until I was older and a mother that I was truly able to appreciate the impact you have on my life. You impact me in such a way that I strive to be like you. A true woman after God’s own heart. In my eyes you are one of the greatest intercessory praying women I know. You are humble, you are meek, you are modest. You are compassionate and loving. You truly care for people. You are a woman of few words, but in your silence you are a warrior. When you tell me that you are praying for me, I know without a shadow of a doubt that you spend time in your prayer closet actually fulfilling that promise. I have felt your prayers for me. I know others do too. You are a great mom, a great aunt, and even to me, your niece I’d say you are a great friend. I love you!
Those are the three people that have impacted me. Made me want to become a giver, a lover, a warrior! I love you all.
I challenge all of you to do the same. If someone has made a positive impact on your life, tell them. Life is too short to let words be lost in time.