anchored in light

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Being an Example

A few months ago I watched my friend’s house and children for her while she attended a wedding. This was big. I knew this was big, because she had 4 girls.

I remember when I was about 12, one of my distant cousins came and stayed with us for a few days and after she left, I wanted to be just like her. I’m sure that she didn’t know that I was watching her. I’m sure that she doesn’t know to this day the impact that she had on me.
So going to watch these girls, maybe I wouldn’t have a large impact on them, maybe they wouldn’t watch me, but what if they did? I knew that I needed to be the kind of person that it would be good for them to emulate. This was a time when I knew that there was a good chance that at least 4 people would be watching me.

And so I did my best to be someone that I thought they would want to be like. Kind, patient, fun (while still following the rules of course). The best part was that I didn’t really have to try too hard, because guess what? Someone is always watching.

When I was younger someone told me that. They told me to live my life like someone was always watching me, and while I have been far from perfect, that has never left me. I have always tried to live as though someone might be watching me. Might be taking note. Not because of some divine tally system, but because someone might be watching me. It might be fine for me to ruin my own life, but as John Donne said, “No man is an island.” We all have an effect on others whether we know it, for good or bad. And after all, I don’t believe in a divine tally system, I believe in becoming.

I made some mistakes when I was younger and I thought, If only I can live my life perfectly for the rest of my life, God isn’t going to look back at the one mistake and say, Nope, she doesn’t get to go to Heaven. And I don’t think that He will. He will look at what we have become, what we are on our way to becoming, and judge us based on that.

So become who you want to be. Become what you think is best. And remember, there is always someone watching. Someone maybe making their own “becoming” plans based on your actions. 

This is our it's 6 in the morning and we're cold and we're EXCITED faces.
We were volunteering at our Mom's Goldilock's ride.
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