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Three Words.

DSC_0493 - CopyWho are you and what will be told of you in the end?

Who will bear witness to your life?

That you lived and laughed, that your existence had purpose and meaning?

My daughter speaks of a time I do not remember yet it was a life changing moment for her. Yesterday she shared this moment. Unbeknownst to her I needed to hear what she said. I needed a reminder that purpose is made manifest not in the grandeur of accomplishments but in the small moments of life.

She spoke of the time she was fired from her first  job for being three minutes late. Despondent, seemingly defeated by life in a span of three minutes, facing a future with no way to provide for her necessities, she called me, her mother, to pick her up. The phone call was not one she wanted to make, but she needed a ride home.
Prepared to be scolded, lectured to, reminded of incompetence and lack of responsibility, she opened the door of my car, with head down she told me she had been fired.

My response to this news is what I do not remember yet its effect even some twenty years later proved to alter her thinking and redefine her approach to life. It is a story she told me, she has told often.

“Let’s go shopping,” I said.

Three words.  Three words that told her, “God got this.”

Three words.  Three words that told her, “Your job is not your source.”

Three words.  Three words that told her, “When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.”

Three words.  Three words that told her, “You’re not defined by what you do, but who you are.”

Three words.  Three words that told her, “Everything works together for the good for those that are called to HIS purpose.

Three words.  Three words that told her, “I love you.”

Three words and a life lesson is learned. Three words and thinking is altered. Three words and joy is restored. Three words and hope is reinforced. Three words and confidence is reestablished. Three words and the future has promise. Three words and love blossoms.

Three words and Satan is defeated.

Who are you and what will be told of you in the end.

Who will bear witness to your life?

That you lived and laughed, that your existence had purpose and meaning?

It can be as simple as three words.

 

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