For the past week I have had the time to reflect, not by choice but due to an inflamed back, on how each of us can make a lasting impact on the people in our lives. This impact can come through family, careful planning (e.g. parenting), circumstances, co-workers, friends, a chance meeting, and sadly in some cases plotting (which is usually negative).
This time of year is difficult for many people because it brings back memories of loved ones who are no longer a part of this world. There are also many people, for reason we don’t understand, that pass on this time of year. A friend of mine and her sister are in the midst of advocating for the care of their father who has been in the hospital. Having done my fair share of fighting for the best care possible, and attempting to minimize mistakes by the medical profession, my heart aches for this family. The constant state of dealing with one crisis after another is making a lasting impact and exacting a high emotional toll.
I have also been reflecting on those teachers, supervisors, mentors, co-workers, and friends who have come into my life for a season and left an impact in my life. Many have passed away but I carry their lessons in my heart and now find myself as the teacher, mentor, co-worker, and friend putting into practice and sharing what I have learned.
This Christmas was challenging. I thought about the baby Yeshua and the lasting impact He would make 30 years later that has forever changed the world. I came away from my musing realizing that I want to leave a positive impact on those who have been a part of my life.