Children learn what they live. I am sure that you have heard that one before. It is actually the title of the written work, Children Learn What They Live, by Dorothy Law Nolte published in 1972.
Recently, I was reminded of specifically the title because it is also a
good and true sentence.
I was working on a paper for seminary in the last couple of weeks. I
was having a difficult time finishing it. It was already late. I
had already missed the deadline for the on-time submission. However, as I
was working on finishing it up, I heard my mother's voice inside of my head
saying, "Get it done! Just get something down on paper, and get it
It has been more than 20 years since my mom passed away. Yet, while
growing up and being in school, those kind of words came from my mother to me usually
when I was working on a paper or another school assignment.
I have always been somewhat of a perfectionist and, at times, procrastinate
until the last minute on projects such as research papers. My mom on the
other hand was not that way. She was more of the get it done, matter of fact, straight
forward, practical type of mother. Of course, I am also a lot like that
in my life.
But, when it normally came to doing school work, I was not that type.
I believe it helped me having her there with me telling me, "Get it done,
Dawn! Get something down on paper. Get it done!"
We all need people like that in our lives. People who will motivate,
challenge, and inspire us to be our best selves. People who will push us
to the limits in a good way.
I am glad that I had her there with me at the time. As I mentioned
earlier, I can sometimes still hear her voice after all of these years which
brings me to another point.
"Train up a child in the way (s)he should go, and when (s)he is old
(s)he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6, NKJV - emphasis added
By my mother helping me during my earlier years in school, I am able to
still hear her voice in the way that she would want me to go in
school---specifically during seminary now.
God is so good and amazing! He give us our parents, siblings, relatives,
friends, and others in our lives. Everyone has a part to play in God's
purpose and plan for us (See Jeremiah 29:11). They all help lead, guide,
and direct us into the path that God has for us.
Who has influenced you in your life? Will you take the time to tell
them, "Thank you!"? If they aren't still living in this world,
will you then "Thank God!"? Thank Him for giving you that
person, those people, whoever they may be or may have been to you for all
the years they have been in your life. They influenced you.
They helped mold you, make you, and shape you into the person you are today.
God used them whether they acknowledge, realize, know, or understand it. You are now better for having had that person
or those people in your life.
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10, NIV)
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