Right now the mouth watering smell of an apple walnut bunt cake is wafting into the living room, my dogs are nuzzled up on either side of me, and the next season of Grace and Frankie is playing in the background. Although it’s a bit cloudy, the sun is peaking through the window and spring is in the air. *Takes one large refreshing sigh*
It is nice to be able to recognize when good things are around you. It seems like everyone I know had a bad week this past week, and honestly mine wasn’t the greatest either, but I’m thankful that someone taught me to find the good in every day.
When I was younger, I had a wonderful Sunday School teacher that became a second mom to me. She went above and beyond for every child that came through her door, and honestly for every person that walked through the doors of the church. She become a best friend to my mom, helping her deal with the drama that spread like a plague throughout the church. She made sure that every new person was welcomed into our church, and she loved Jesus. She was an amazing woman.
This woman would start every day with having everyone share their GBU’s: One good thing that happened this week, one bad thing, and one ugly thing. You didn’t always have to share a bad or ugly thing, but you always had to share a good thing because she would say, “Good things happen every day.”
As a kid, I didn’t think much of it, but as an adult, I’m able to recognize how that one saying became such an influential motto in my life. I find myself as a teacher asking students all the time, “What’s one good thing that happened today?” I find myself constantly reminding myself to find the good, when I just feel so bad. Even during depressed moments, that saying rings in the back of my mind and I fully believe that it has helped me overcome a lot of sadness.
Unfortunately this wonderful woman was taken away from us way too soon a few years ago, from a terrible illness. It’s a loss that I still feel many years later.
Losing this woman was a reminder to me that our impact on others is so profound. The things we say and do will continue to shape a person’s opinion of us. You may not care what people think of you, and hey you do you, but I also think that deep down, everyone does care a little bit about what people think of us. If you pass away, do you want to be remembered as a horrible person, or kind and caring person?
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.Maya Angelou
I can’t remember every single thing that this woman said to me, but boy do I remember how she made me feel: special and loved. Once a week she would call me up and go, “Hey Kid, what’s going on today? Want to grab some lunch?” We would go to the same diner and she would get the same thing and we would just talk the entire time. I was comfortable around her, secure. She was the perfect representation of what teachers should be (even with all of her sarcastic jokes- which I clearly picked up on!)
I’m reading through Matthew right now and I came across the following verses:
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.Matthew 5: 14-16
Phew, I can think of a few moments in my life where that verse has smacked me over the head…and it continues to do so!
This verse reminds us that we have God within us. We should be out there being a representation of Jesus in the world. We need to be the LIGHT in a world that is filled with a great amount of darkness.
This woman, and she deserves her name to be spoken here, Judi, was this verse. All of her deeds glorified God. She had the brightest light that I have yet to see in anyone else I’ve come across. She is a woman of God that I looked up to and I can only hope that I become half the woman that she was.
As you continue to move on through this week, remember that your actions impact those around you. Your words and gestures carry weight and impact. People remember how you made them feel.
When I think of the heaviest argument I have ever had with a person, I cannot tell you what was said in that conversation, because it was filled with so much anger, but man, I can sure tell you how I felt coming out of that conversation.
I also know that I can never undo the words that came out of my mouth.
The tongue is a dangerous weapon. So let us remember to pause and think before we speak, and continue to make an impact.