Who has influenced you the most in your life and why?
In life, people come and people go. Some help us, some teach us, but most influence us in some way or another. Looking back on 23 years of life, it wasn't hard to notice the two individuals who have influenced me the most. My Mom and Dad. Like all good parents, they helped mold me into who I am today. Through their ups and downs, through their victories and failures. They have both been such an important part of my life. The way that they both chose to live their lives will never cease to inspire me.
|celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in 2010|
My Mom is the most gracious woman that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Her faith in God, her sweet and gentle spirit, her wisdom, her modesty, her strength. She gives without hesitating and expects nothing in return. If there's a need, she'll bend over backwards to see that it's met. She has a heart of gold, I tell ya. I'm honored to be her daughter and I can only hope to be half the woman she is.
Sadly, my Dad passed away in June of last year. I'll always remember the things that he taught me. Like my Mom, he had a heart for people. He was always taking people under his wing, helping them out and showing them the love of Jesus. He would reach down into the lowest places and pull people out of their messed up lives. He would brush them off and give them hope. A hope that could only be found in God. Out of all the things I've learned from my Dad, one thing sticks out the most. He never gave up. If he fell down, he would get right back up — even if it took a few tries. He knew he needed God's strength to push through his weaknesses. He had seasons where he struggled with his faith, but he never walked away completely. That's one of the most valuable lessons someone can learn.
I love both my parents so much. They'll never know how much wisdom they've imparted into me.