Today was an incredibly validating sermon and made me have all kinds of realizations about what my mom means to me. And I am lucky that although a mother/daughter relationship comes easily for us, I have an equally amazing relationship with my dad. That blog will come soon. 🙂
Pastor Kevin (PK) began with a story about how life doesn’t always go our way by sharing a cute story about his 8 year old son. I cannot even begin to do the story justice so in a few weeks when it is available online, I will add the video to the blog. He went on to quote Robert Shiller: “tough times never last, but tough people do.” I instantly thought of my mother and this is what I wrote at church.
“I only hope I can instill the love of the Lord into my daughter the way my mother did in my life. It was her vision and prayer for my life and my womanhood that allowed me to get there. It was her devotion to the Lord despite the tough times in her life that made me see there was something in this “faith” thing. I posted this picture to Facebook yesterday after I worked out my abs for the first time and did not even think about my shirt saying “inspirelife.”
It was the shirt that I was given from the church to wear for my baptism on May 1 of this year. Glen was my biggest supporter and always saw me feel unrest when others were being baptized because I saw the joy on their face and knew that my unrest was from the fact that I had never made a public declaration of my faith. He knew that although I had received Christ many years before, being baptized was something I still wanted.
Here is a picture of the day I was baptized and you can see Glen in the white shirt cheering me on loudly. My friend Carrie is next to him taking lots of pictures and crying tears of joy.
So now that I have explained the background on the shirt you can understand why I wear it all the time and never even thought about it’s symbolism in my life until now. Wearing that shirt often is fitting because I wear that phrase in my heart every day from being blessed by my mother. I watch her every day being a living example of Christ’s life and love. As I’ve said before I do not say this to make it seem like my mom has no weaknesses or errors. We all do, but despite her shortcomings or struggles she still gave me the most important legacy.
Her support after the accident and willingness to stay with me in the hospital while I was in such pain and agony is further validation that she is an amazing, selfless mother. She inspires lives daily and when things get tough, she is the definition of the person who “believes in God’s ‘better’ life, faces the obstacles, digs in” and does not just run away. In life, you must have the ability to believe in the better life that God has in mind for you, to focus on rebuilding the pieces, and to dig in on your own accord and not expect God to just do it for you. (paraphrasing PK).
I love you mom and thank you for everything you have taught me and done for me.