March 08, 2022
“Goodness Created to be shared.”
That’s our mantra...woven tightly with the values of God, Family, Country, and Community.
And the belief that Every Day is a wonderful day to tell the people in your world that you love and appreciate them. They are important and valued.
Being that today is International Women’s Day I want to share with you what the women in my life have taught me.
Here’s something you may not have known. I was mostly raised by a single mom. When my sister and I were young, my grandma would always watch us. We spent a lot of time with grandma, especially in the summer months.
If my mom needed some additional help, my aunt would be there to help watch us.
Each of these women were very strong and independent. Although I’m sure they didn’t intend for life to go the way it did in many cases, circumstances made it necessary for them to become so.
You know what? Even as a little boy, five or six years old, I noticed. They were tough ladies. They didn’t put up with much nonsense.
In fact my grandma would make us go to a tree in the yard and pick our own “switch”. In case you are not familiar with a switch — it’s a thin tree branch that made for a serious butt whooping if you did something pretty darn stupid or badly wrong.
Depending on what age you are and where you come from, this is where reactions differ.
“Oh my goodness, that’s awful. There’s no way that should be done to a child.” Or, “Now that’s a solid upbringing, and you certainly must have done something really bad to deserve it.”
While the “switching” sucked, I would agree with the later.
During those days, I learned many lessons. Starting with love, sacrifice, toughness, hope and faith. Lessons that undoubtedly influenced and shaped the man I am today.
In a world where people live a ridiculously self-centered life. Always craving comfort. Rejecting sacrifice and avoiding persecution. Loving this world like it is all there is.
The women I witnessed instilled principles and character traits in me to become more.
My family didn’t have much. But, my sister and I didn’t go without. And I never felt I didn’t have all I needed.
I wholeheartedly believe that’s why I look at life the way I do. Placing great importance on having values and doing all I can to live by them.
Renewing and maintaining steadfast faith in God and the plans he has designed for me and my family.
To be forever vigilant to not allow the world to consume me. Keeping my focus fixed on Him.
The world is extremely LOUD and it is easy to let it take hold, but the women in my life, including my incredible wife, remind me, by their own example, there is a standard — to live and love like Jesus.
A standard each of us undoubtedly falls short of, but keeping it at the forefront changes our priorities. Impacts how we treat others. It changes what we do about stuff. What we worry about, and what we don’t worry about. How we forgive. How we live the here and now. Today and tomorrow.
I pray you have great women in your life that have done for you and given to you what my mom, grandma, aunt and wife have done and given me.
May you celebrate them today and many days and years ahead.
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