8.19.2009

The Best Example

"Life isn't a race. God isn't waiting at some mythical finishing line, tapping his foot, glancing at his stopwatch, and muttering, 'Hey, get a move on, will you?' . . . In fact, far from waiting at the finishing line, he's there, right beside us, encouraging us and sometimes even lifting us over the rough spots." ~Chieko N. Okazaki

What a beautiful thought! And there's a lesson for me in it as well. That's my job too, as a mom, as a grandma, as a Primary leader, as a wife, as a friend. It's not for me to be standing at the finishing line wishing everyone would hurry up and get things right -- it's for me to be beside them lifting them, encouraging them, helping them and loving them.

I love having the perfect example to follow. I just need to pay attention and make sure I follow perfectly.

picture by Greg Olsen

11 comments:

SweetmamaK said...

As always a wonderful inspiration- thanks for sharing.

Grandma and Grandpa said...

Thanks, I really needed this.

Mel said...

What a great quote! You always seem to know when I need those. Thanks so much for sharing.

starstruck_texan said...

See...that is why I love you. Thanks for being awesome!

Carrie said...

Musings by Jan Mason. Love your blog. Thanks for the thought...I feel pumped!

Ashley said...

Love the quote and love you. Hope you had a great birthday!

My Little Spoons said...

Thank you for always lifting me up when I need it!! You are so wonderful :)

hoLLy said...

beautiful beautiful thoughts jan! and that quote is so so true. i don't know why i'm repeating my words so much, i just am:)

100 Percent Cottam said...

what a great quote! love that one!

Emily said...

What a beautiful thought and a wonderful quote! Thank you... this will be one I make sure to remember!

Aryn said...

Great quote, great reminder (and don't we always need those reminders!?!) Just read your comment on my blog... you were a fantastic beehive leader!! I think about you all the time, actually. When I try to figure out how to bond with these girls. I can make a joke or be pleasant enough, but we adored you. You have a gift! Pass some this way, eh? :)

p.s. waiting for a b-day post! Anything exciting go down?? I think Natalie's FB said lunch at CHuy's... that's exciting in my book! :)

Love you!