“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Who has impacted you so much that you do not know what your life would be like without them? There have been hundreds of thousands of people who have impacted me in one way or another, some of them are complete strangers who I do not even know the name of. Though, if I had to answer my own question, there are five people who have impacted me deeply, especially in my walk with Christ.
1. Lindsey Day
Lindsey is my most unexpected friend. I met her in the most unexpected way and even though things have been kind of crazy, she has never once questioned having a friendship with me. Don’t we all wish to have a friend like that? One who likes us for who we are despite the circumstances. I love her because of how much she loves others, me included. She is a true example of what Jesus calls us to do: love others NO MATTER WHAT.
2. Iliana Medina
Iliana came into my life about 3 years ago, and I am so thankful that God crossed our paths. This girl loves Jesus with all of her heart and proclaims His name above all in every situation in life. She never backs down and tries to right every wrong that she sees. She uses the gift of her beautiful voice, not for selfishness, but for serving. She reminds me everyday to live for the Lord and not for myself.
3. David Saxon
David and I went to high school together and since day one of knowing him, I have known that he truly lives his life for God entirely. He is an absolute inspiration to all those around him, and he was one of the first people ever to expose me to Jesus Christ. He stands up for what is right, and defends the weak. I am so proud to see all that he continues to accomplish in his life, and even more proud as he continues to say that it is all due to the Lord’s Grace and love.
4. Jessica Smith
My Jess! I am incredibly lucky to call this girl my best friend. She and I have always been about the same in our walk with Christ so we have been able to help each other grow and pick one another up when we fall. She has taught me more about myself and Jesus than I ever thought possible, just by being herself. She allows me to vent to her about hard things I am going through so I do not spread gossip or hatred, and after I am done, she reminds me of what the Bible has to say about my situation. It’s a really beautiful thing.
5. Rachel Sparks
I have one thing to say about Rachel that I do not feel I can say about anyone else I know, myself included. I have never ever heard anyone speak badly about this girl. Not a one. Rachel is the friend everyone wants to have. She hangs out with everyone, and makes sure that everyone is invited. She loves everyone, including the people no one else wants to be around. She has completely changed my perspective on who Jesus is, just by her actions. She goes above and beyond to love others. How many people to you know like that?
These are only five of many who have had large and small impacts on myself, and I am so grateful for all of these people. Sometimes, we have no idea the impact we have left on others. Would you reach out to someone today and let them know how you have been impacted by them?