Remember We are all Role Models to Someone
Before you make a decision, ask yourself this question: will you regret the results or rejoice in them?
The quality of your life ultimately is shaped by the quality of your choices and decisions.
We can’t undo a single thing we have ever done, but we can make decisions today that propel us to the life we want and towards the healing we need.
Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.
John C. Maxwell
Matthew 7:3-5 ESV
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
1 Corinthians 10:31
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Proverbs 16:9 ESV
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps
1 Samuel 16:7 ESV
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” –Mark Twain
“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” –Stephen King
“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” –William Shakespeare
Leaders Leading Leaders
Will You Be Happy When You’re 80?
How many more years before you turn 80? Can you imagine yourself at 80 years old? Will you be happy? Yes, who knows? Now, look at your old folks. Are they happy? Hold that thought.
Each of us younger folks are all busy building our families, cultivating ourrelationships, fattening up our bank accounts, and having fun. We’re all in that stage of our lives when we’re engrossed with bettering ourselves and shaping our futures. Isn’t that what society expects of us? We’re in the prime of our lives when we make things happen. So, we do.
And one of the last things we look forward to is to sit around with senior citizens, talking about history, listening to stories we’ve heard a hundred times, and just plain letting precious hours go by. A waste of time, right? Wrong.
I envy those kids who grew up under the guidance of their grandparents. I never knew mine. My brother and I were born when our parents were past 40, and all our grandparents had passed away. But in my late thirties, I was starting to take care of elderly parents. So, I have learned to appreciate all the good graces that come with living with old folks. Like what, you ask.
The elderly share their wisdom. Maybe when we reach 80, we will also be the wiser with just about everything in life. Notice that old folks, soft-spoken as they may be, speak mostly from experience. The very few words they say, they share with authority and wisdom. Oh, yes, sometimes you’ll think they’re outdated, making you want to respond with “But Gramps, this is the ’90s!” Well, there will be instances when they will speak universal, timeless truths that will make a difference in your life. That is why when my old folks speak, I listen – there is wisdom in their words.
The elderly are kinder and gentler. They didn’t get to be 80 overnight. They had their rough times, too. They also had towork hard, overcome stress and fatigue. My father even fought in the war! My parents built a home, sent us to school, and dealt with the numerous challenges of interacting with hundreds of different people and personalities. By the time they were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary, they were mellower, more understanding of human nature and more patient with everyone. Maybe when I turn 75, I, too will have a gentler countenance – a kinder attitude towards other people and their ways of life.
The elderly are more open with their love. If only we all understand how much they long to love and be loved. Our old folks are weak and weary, and they have simple joys. Gone are the days of extreme sports, business power plays and social climbing. They are retired, dependent and oftentimes ailing. All of the struggles of life have boiled down to sharing and expressing what is really important – love. That is all they need, and all they want – for us to love them, because they do love us, too. Our old folks love us for the energy we still have, the bright light we still carry, and the dreams we still hold. Shouldn’t we love them back for the legacy they have given us, the wisdom they share, and the paths they have cleared for
My father died eight years ago, but my mother is strong in her mid-80s. And I know that she’s happy because she has lived a full life, and she enjoys sharing her wisdom and her love. I, too, look forward to being happy at 80. Don’t you?