I read a blog today that listed the ten choices you will regret in ten years. I hope it doesn’t take TEN YEARS to regret some of the ones that were listed! The one below was the one that stuck out to me the most.
Being selfish and egotistical.
A life filled with loving deeds and good character is the best tombstone. Those who you inspired and shared your love with will remember how you made them feel long after your time has expired. So carve your name on hearts, not stone. What you have done for yourself alone dies with you; what you have done for others and the world remains.
Remember, WHEN WE WERE YOUNG…we are so selfish. I know I was. The excerpt above says it so well. What you do for you DIES with you. Why not leave a legacy? Inspire others!
Young people live for themselves most of the time. Even the youth that really seem to strive for community service hours and step up to think of others seem to slip back into the “what’s in it for me” attitude at times. I know there are always some exceptions–I’ve met those students! Age really factors in on this, though. As we get older, we start to realize that the self-serving attitude gets us pretty much no where. Loneliness and depression set in and we can’t find anything to make the days happy. You know these people. These are the adults you now know that are never happy with anything. They don’t like their spouse, hate their job and can’t find the right mattress (ha!). The list goes on!
We must evolve into the servant we are meant to be. Some tend to make fun of those who find religion like they are trying to cover up their past or make up for the things they did. Those people are just finding another excuse to NOT help others–and to not find JESUS. I believe maturing and realizing that this world is temporary and above all meeting JESUS is not just some way of covering up the old (altho that is exactly what Jesus did for us), but it’s making things right. It’s getting past the selfish, egotistical youth (or maybe even adult) you were and transforming into …
The loving, caring, inspiring, unselfish person of good character we are supposed to be.
No matter who ya are…God made you. You are meant to serve. You are meant to help, love, care, inspire….encourage…. etc.
Who inspires you? Make a list!
I asked myself this question today when I had a friend tell me I was an “inspiration” to them. That is one of the most treasured compliments I’ve ever received.
I never really think that I inspire others, but more of like encouraging and uplifting them. I guess inspiring goes along with that. I just think of INSPIRE as one of those awesome things that only GOD can do through different avenues. I realized today that God used me! How awesome it is to think that HE loves me so much to use me for His work. Even more blessed do I feel when I think of the fact that he uses people, nature, situations in my life to do the same exact thing for me.
So, who inspires you and then once they inspire you, where do you go from there?
I started making a mental list of my inspirations. I have so many! God has blessed me with family, friends, co-workers, grocery store clerks and today a sweet little lady who walked in front of me at a local business. She was the sweetest, most fragile looking older lady who held the door for me to enter. Her smile was so precious and she reminded me of my Grandma Gengler. I was so glad to come in contact with this sweet lady even for a few seconds. It gave me a nostalgic feeling of the woman God blessed me with in my Grandma “G.”
Now, SHE was an INSPIRATION! She was a single mother most all her life after her husband passed when my mom was very young. She buried her husband and an infant son within the same year. She worked pretty much every day of her life, but did it with such grace, style and a smile on her face that warmed a room. I didn’t know anyone that didn’t like her. I know I loved her. I loved the smell of her house. I loved just sitting there watching game shows or playing Go Fish with her. She always took care of me especially when I just needed to get away from whatever life was throwing at me. She helped me through college as did my parents. She allowed me to stay at her house anytime, any day. Her love for God was constantly displayed in the way she cared for others and beyond. I was so inspired and still am by the love she had for me and her confidence in me. With her as my inspiration, I hope that I can show as much compassion for those around me as she did for those in her lifetime.
I would love to talk more about the inspiring people God has put in my life, but for today, I’m pretty sure this blog is long enough.
Go ahead and ask yourself–WHO INSPIRES YOU??? and what are you going to do with that inspiration?