When I think of the words steady, my mom is the first person who comes to my mind. No matter what is happening she is always there making sure everything happens the way it is supposed to. Whenever I have a question she is always there and willing to answer whatever I may ask. And best of all, she is steadfast in the way she loves me: always and with every part of her.
Written by Katheryn
I recently achieved a very big milestone in any teenager’s life: I turned 18. This landmark can mean many things to different people — getting a job, moving out of the house, even buying their first lottery ticket. For me, however, my eighteenth birthday meant something else — it was a chance to reflect on everything that my parents have done for me up to this point and how much more they will do for me in my lifetime.
Although it is a parental obligation to take care of their children, not all parents do that. I am grateful that I was born into a family and to parents that love me and my sister with every fiber of their being and constantly strive to take care of us in whatever capacity they can. Besides God’s grace of forgiving me, my parents’ generosity in raising me and pouring their passion into me is the greatest gift of generosity that I will never be able to repay.
As I reflect back on the relatively short life I have had so far, I am, in every sense of the phrase, blown away by the generosity that my parents have shown me. Until I become a parent myself, I will never truly understand all of the sacrifices my parents have made to raise me and take care of me all these years. I am fortunate that I did not get kicked out of the house on my eighteenth birthday and told, “Good luck, I hope you figure it out!” like so many individuals are forced to do. Although I don’t always show it, because I am a teenager after all, my greatest feeling of gratitude is for my parents and the boundless gift of generosity they have shown in putting forth the effort of raising me.
Proverbs 22:6 says: “Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.” I believe that my parents strive to do this every day with me, and for that I am eternally grateful.
Written by Katheryn
This post concludes part 2 of our 3-part series based on Matthew 22:36-40:
I do my best to follow the example my parents set. One of my favorite things to do is go on mission trips. For UM ARMY, a group of our youth goes out into communities around Texas and helps make someone’s life better by building a ramp, painting a wall, and just listening to the wisdom these people have to share about life. We love these statewide neighbors through our actions, but even more so with the company that we share with them.
The other mission trip that I love participating in is focused more on spreading God’s word and love to those all across the United States. Celebration Singers Choir Tour has allowed me to love and talk with countless neighbors across the lower United States and to receive the love they have to share.
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Because the people the family was losing were more closely related to my parents and I felt I had to be supportive of my mom and dad and because I did not have the gumption to show my true emotions about my situation outwardly to my friends, I had to put on a brave face and grieve on the inside instead of opening up and truly talking about what was going on.
Something to ask yourself: who has helped you through those times when you thought no one was there for you?
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God moments sound like huge events, but usually they come in the small things of everyday life. One of my most memorable God moments came during worship one evening at camp. I had recently lost my last grandparent and was getting over the many stresses of school when I heard a song that said not to worry about anything. In that moment as I listened to what I was saying instead of just saying it, an overwhelming sense of peace instantaneously swept over me and brought me to my knees in tears.
Experiencing a God moment doesn’t have to come when you are sitting in church. Many of the God moments I have experienced have been through simple things a close friend has said or through compassionate actions someone has done for me, including noticing my demeanor and asking about my day.
What will you hear when you sit and just listen? What impact can you make on someone’s day when you ask them how they’re doing? Listen. You’ll find the answer.
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The 12:12 Project is sponsored by Katy First United Methodist Church.
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