“How did I get here?” I thought to myself yesterday as I was hanging Christmas lights in front of my home. It was not as much an existential question but one of introspection and thinking through my life journey. It didn’t take long to answer it, however. First I thought of how faithful God has been to me over the years. Since the day I decided to leave my parents in Brazil and go to Bible College in America, God has been the only constant, never disappointing force in my life. But then I thought of the people whose lives I have intersected over the years and whom have been such a blessing, encouragement and friends to me. I know I could not have the life I have today without their deposits in me.
Early on during my college days, I had families “adopt” and take me in their homes when I trip to Brazil was just not possible. I was mentored by godly men and women and loved by strangers who became dear friends. God’s provision oftentimes came in human form. These were gracious people who found time in their busy days to give of themselves, and often their resources, to help shape my life, and, therefore, shape he live I know lead. My children now benefit from their kindness and generosity.
This morning I’m taking inventory and praying for those who have shaped me. But I’m also challenged to think of the people whose paths are crossing mine right now. I’m compelled to be a blessing for them.
My challenge today is to make deposits into the lives of those whose paths cross mine and to give them a chance to look back a few years from now and ask the same question I did yesterday, “how did I get here?”
Who came to mind as you read this? What kind of deposit are you compelled to make?