As I think about the various people that have made a difference in my life this past year, I realize how very blessed I am with the incredible group of people I am surrounded with. I am truly fortunate to have wonderful family, friends and co-workers. There are many people that impacted my life this year, so I will share just a few stories of these awesome people:
I have a few friends that made a difference in my life by asking me hard questions and being willing to show me tough love as I faced a crossroads in life. They challenged me, but also encouraged me, and I was able to make a big decision in my life with new confidence as a result of their willingness to not tell me what I wanted to hear, but instead challenge me to think past myself and my circumstances and to recognize a greater purpose for the trials we face in life. I came to a place of new clarity and true peace after these hard conversations, and I'm so thankful for these women that were willing to walk that road with me.
One of my very dear friends is about to see her husband go off to serve our country in Afghanistan. Without even knowing it, she has made a huge impact in my life by the way she has faced this new season of life with incredible courage. She has a beautiful attitude and strength about her that I so admire. As she faces a year ahead as a single mom, I know that I want to be intentional about encouraging her and supporting her through this season of life, and hopefully in some small way help her see what a difference both she and her husband are making through their sacrifice and service.
One other special person that has made a major difference in my life is my daughter, Zoe. What I most appreciate about her is her constant zeal and energy for life. She lives each day with purpose and truly looks to find adventure and joy around every corner. Her imagination knows no bounds, and you will often find her singing or dancing- no matter where she's at or who's around her. I love her outlook on life and know that her joy is contagious to everyone around her.
I know there are so many people that have made a difference in my life this year, and it makes me so grateful to have those kinds of people around me. As we head into another year, I want to be very intentional about how I live my life, that I would constantly look outwards and find ways to make a difference- big or small- in the lives of the people around me. I know that I have been both encouraged and challenged this year to live life with that kind of purpose.
This post is part of Think Kit 2011.