Who Did You Need?

How many of you have heard the phrase, “Be who you needed when you were younger”? Are you being the person you would have wanted to admire and strive to be when you were a young person growing up? When you think back on your childhood, which people stand out in your mind as major influencers of your life?

There have been times in my life that I felt as if I had it all together. I felt good about my influence on others and the way others perceived me. And on the other hand, there have been times where I felt as if I had not only failed myself, but I had failed others around me. I knew that I had not been kind when someone needed a kind word, I was not helpful when someone needed help, I was not willing to give when someone was in need. I have had times when the selfishness that we all fight had taken control of me. At times like these, you must be very aware of yourself (or have a good husband that will call you out) and take a step back.

I have been struggling over this past month with eating healthy. I could make the excuse that with the problems the world is facing, I have been distracted from my end goal. I have been lax and have not been encouraging or a good example to any of my fellow peers. I am telling all of you so that I can be held accountable. I want to be the person I needed when I was younger.

I’m making a commitment, not only to myself but to all of you, that I am going to do better. I want to be a good influence on those around me. I want to be able to help others in their struggle with health. One day when my husband and I are able to adopt our children, I want to be a good example to them.

So, as we are beginning the second quarter of this year, I want to find the same enthusiasm and commitment that I had last year. I am going to make the rest of this year count, and I’m going to continue on to the person I want to become. I am going to be the person I needed when I was younger.

This week’s recipe is a delicious and nutritious Spring Stir Fry. It is sure to be a keeper. The great thing about stir fry is that once you have the basic recipe, you can add whatever proteins or veggies that your family loves. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23