Little eyes. Big influence.

A couple of Sundays ago, my husband and I were standing and singing in church with other people who lined the pews. In front of us stood a young couple with two small boys.

As we came to the chorus of one of the songs, the dad raised his left hand upward in worship, as he held his youngest son (about 2 years of age) in his other arm. To his right, his wife stood with their oldest boy (about 3 years old) in her arms.

When the little 3-year-old saw his dad raise his hand, he paused then raised his own little arm and kept it there as he continued watching his dad whose arm also stayed raised. The little boy didn’t sing. He simply kept his eyes on his dad and did exactly what he saw him doing while we all sang:

Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

I was so taken by this wonderful real-life illustration of how we influence our children. Of how we mentor them through our actions. I don’t even know if the dad realized his young son was watching and copying him. Words were not exchanged between them, yet the dad was modeling worship. He was teaching by his actions. He was mentoring his young son.

How are you mentoring others through your actions? No matter how old your children are, what do they (or others) see when they watch you?

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Bestseller Wall

Just stopped by House of James Bookstore & Coffee Shop to sit for a bit with my laptop and cup of coffee and was struck by the amazing journey I’ve been on. I’m in awe of how God took my love of writing and my passion to mobilize others to impact generations, teamed them up with my amazing friend, Donna, who exudes mentoring, and then put everything in place to produce an “easy-to-read” book that is already making a difference in so many lives. And now, here it is on the Bestseller Wall. Thank you, God. Thank you. Thank you.

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Three cheers for Bunny

Recently, I was asked about the significance of the bunny in the video created with some of the photos taken at the official launch of our book, “A Mentor’s Fingerprint.” (If you haven’t seen the video, check it out at the end of the blog entry titled “Prepare for take-off”)

My response illustrates the value of family and the mentoring role that they play in our lives.

When we signed a contract with our publisher on May 2, 2009, my daughter, Sarah, and family went to Build-A-Bear and created Bunny for me as a gift. That in itself is fun but what makes it really special is two-fold.

1. When I push her chest, and let go but keep my hand there, I feel her heartbeat.

2. The family recorded a message and had it inserted into her hand/paw so that when I press on it I hear Sarah, her husband, and children say, “We love you, Grandma.” Then Sarah adds a phrase in a voice that only she seems to be able to do – “You can do it!”

Over this past year, when I felt frustrated or down about the writing and editing process, one thing that encouraged me was when I pressed Bunny’s paw and heard my family say, “We love you, Grandma. You can do it!” It always put a smile on my face.

It seemed appropriate to have Bunny with us at the launch. When everyone heard the recording, it put a smile on their faces too.

How does your family put a smile on your face? What tangible way have you recently come alongside a family member to encourage him or her?

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Prepare for take-off

Ever been in the middle of something so special you wanted to pinch yourself to see if you were dreaming?

This past Friday night, about 50 friends (both new and old) celebrated the official launch of “A Mentor’s Fingerprint” at House of James. The short video below will give you an idea of what it was Read more

What we leave for tomorrow

As many of you know, Donna and I had a good friend pass away unexpectedly only a month ago. Click here to read about Eileen. And last Friday, my family and I said our last good-byes to my brother. Click here to read about Keith.

BUT just yesterday, we joyfully welcomed my nephew’s twin boys into the world.

Life is like that, isn’t it? Sadness and joy. Ups and downs. Death and life. We say, “Good-bye.” And we say, “Hello.”

We walk through life with family and friends, and they leave their fingerprint on our lives. But sometimes we have to say good-bye before we’re ready (if we’re ever ready). Then along comes the special gift of new life. Like the old tree trunk with new plants growing out of it. The tree appears dead but it’s providing nutrients for new growth to flourish. The old stump is making a difference to the life of the young plants that will grow from it.

That’s the way it is with all of us. We impact the lives of others while we’re here – whether for good or seemingly bad. And we leave something behind that affects the lives of others when we’re gone. It’s a form of mentoring.

What we leave for tomorrow, begins today. What are you doing today that will make a difference in what you leave behind?

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