As a young teen, I often spent time in the company of older teen girls, soaking up what I thought was great “wisdom” from them and hanging onto every word that they said. They seemed to have it all together and I idolized what they represented: prestige and acceptance. They wore makeup and heels and they dressed as though they were supermodels for popular magazines. Many of them were allowed to date and their boyfriends were old enough to drive, which appealed to me at the time.
As I’ve gotten older, I still find that I gravitate toward older women. However, these women that I hold dear now are indeed wise and give good advice and show me that being kind to others is a must and they help me realize what is important in life. I’ve spent many hours watching these women gracefully handle the many roles that they fill: wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend. And what they have in common is the ability to remain calm under pressure and to do things without complaining. I’m sure there are days when they want to tell everyone, “can you give me one minute to myself”?! Yet, they smile and give an extra measure of love to the task that they’re being asked to do. I think their secret is that they find joy in seeing others happy.
I was recently reacquainted with one of the girls that I idolized all those years ago (on a social media site) and not surprisingly, she and her high school heart throb had gone their separate ways many years ago – shortly after they graduated and the undying love and commitment that they had for one another at that time, was long forgotten. I’ve come the realization that role models come in many shapes, sizes, income brackets and from various walks of life. They may not look like super models, but their lives model what’s good in life – genuine relationships. I’ve learned a lot from watching these women and I hope to encourage a young woman who may be watching me.
Take action now: Meditate on Philippians 2:5 – “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (King James Version).
Embrace this truth: We owe it to others to be good role models.
Today’s blog is dedicated to all mothers – Happy Mother’s Day with love and gratitude! Enjoy your weekend!