Who has influenced your life? My life bears the imprints of a number of amazing women.
My mom’s fingerprints have left the greatest imprints on my life. She’s as abstract as I am concrete in the ways she thinks. Sometimes in a conversation, we take different paths, but we often end up at the same conclusion. She’s exuberant and joyful. In my high school years (and even today), she helped me not take myself too seriously. We are very different. Yet we each fill a necessary role in helping each other become more balanced and complete.
When I left home for college, God gave me Marian, another wonderful mother-figure. Her quiet witness influenced me in many ways as I watched her live for Jesus in front of family and friends. Marian opened her home and heart to me as I figured out who the “grown up me” would be. She, her husband and their sons allowed me to become a member of their family after college. Certain I would only live with them for a few months, I hunted for a teaching job. Two-and-a-half years later, I finally landed my first contracted position. During that time, she watched over me and challenged me to go deeper in my relationship with Jesus. Marian blessed me with friendship, transparent and deep. Her influence of grace helped mold me into the woman I am today.
Other women walked alongside me, sharing their wisdom, as I stepped into the new roles of wife and mother. Their responses to life’s circumstances have influenced me when I’ve lived through similar situations. They have prayed for me and offered me the gift of friendship.
I love how God created us with a need for relationship. We can’t do life well all by ourselves. God has given me opportunities to walk beside and encourage other women along their life’s journeys. I’m grateful for the imprints women have pressed into my life. I’m still a work-in-progress, but I’m much further along because of the influence of godly women.
What about you? Who has had an influence in your life? How are you influencing others?