My mind has run in circles this week as I’ve listened and enjoyed our conversation on role models. I didn’t know how I would be able to pick out a certain person, or even a couple of people who have inspired me. I still don’t know how to do that, so I’m not. I’m going to talk about a slew of folks with characteristics I endeavor to emulate. Surprise! Belle Friday is leaving the pre-planned route. You’re right. That’s about as much of a surprise as having your kids serve you breakfast in bed after you’ve heard pots and pans beating in the kitchen and at least one effort to silence the smoke alarm. Don’t tell me you don’t know a thing or two about feigning surprise. That dog won’t hunt on this porch.
In the interest of brevity I’m going to do this list style:
I’m challenged by my husband’s kindness and his ability to stay largely unruffled by things that would send other people, (people with the initials SRT), into a hissy fit.
I’m challenged by my mother’s example of how to nurture my kids and grandchildren to infinity.
I’m challenged to never meet a stranger by my Papa who, to my knowledge, meets only future friends.
I’m challenged to love people well by my pastor, Brother Don Boyette who makes everyone he meets feel like they rank at the top of his list.
I’m challenged by speaker and author Max Lucado to use simple words and clear stories to paint word pictures with eternal value that people can easily understand and remember.
I’m challenged by Andy Andrews to do that with humor.
I’m challenged by Beth Moore’s love for God’s word and will always be grateful to her for whetting my appetite to discover the treasures in it for myself.
I’m challenged by the belles on this porch who write beautiful works of fiction that entertain, encourage, motivate and move the hearts of their readers.
I’m challenged by so much more, including people who manage their time better than yours truly. My man and I are celebrating 32 years of marriage TODAY (I’m writing this early Thursday because I know I won’t have it in me to do it when we get home this evening!) and he is even now waiting for me to scoot out for our date night!
Adios, dear ones. Have a great weekend!
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is an author, speaker, and radio host who has plans to grow up one day into an organized person who is always ahead of the schedule. (Don’t hold your breathe.) You can find more of her ramblings at http://www.allthingssouthern.com