Amy showed me this quote earlier in the week. I know I've seen or heard it before, but something stuck with me this time...and I've come back to this idea a few times each day.
I come back to the words and recall Mrs. Harper, my 3rd Grade teacher. She was one of the kindest people I've ever known and reminded me of the best parts of both of my grandmothers. She was a small, older woman...I think I was taller than she was back in elementary school. I distinctly remember one day when our music teacher pulled me into the hall because I was being loud in class. She said I had a "sonorous voice". Man...to a little kid who had no idea what that word meant, I was pretty bummed. Mrs. Harper saw what had happened, pulled me aside, and said "Don't you hate it when old people use words you don't know yet?" Then, she explained how I could use a sonorous voice to become an awesome singer; a skill I've still not pursued...but I'll never forget her words when I needed them.
I think of the quote and recall Gary Sheets, the martial arts black belt who taught my Sunday School class when I was in 6th Grade. Mr. Sheets was also a long time assistant coach for our high school football team. He totally broke the mold of what I thought a "tough guy" was. Mr. Sheets really cared about our questions in class and encouraged us to think...really think about matters of significance. He was a renaissance man...at least that's how I remember him.
So, the thought of being who you needed when you were younger isn't negative. In fact, it's the opposite. By remembering what we needed when we were younger, it provides us the opportunity to reflect on those specific provisions which, more likely than not, came through people.
So...who are you going to be today? An encourager? A comedian? A listening ear, or a firm hand? Be who you needed when you were younger. Be that person for someone else.