As I was waiting to board my flight in Dallas, across from me sat two children with their grandma. I could tell they were talking about me. They were wondering why I used the seat next to me as a placeholder for my bag. I became a little agitated. Why would they talk about that? I just purchased a new workbag and I wasn’t about to introduce it to the airport floor. I was quick to judge them and made my own statements in my mind, knowing I would never see them again.
As I boarded the plane, I sat down comfortably in the aisle seat. Moments later, an elderly woman disturbed my relaxation and told me her seat was next to mine. I tell you, sometimes the little things bother me (I need to work on that 😉 ).
And moments later the little kid, who was sitting across from me waiting to board the plane, was the final addition to our row. Wonderful!
We all began to chat as if we have known each other for years (judgement failed…lesson one. STOP judging people). This little boy was 11 years old and he was so articulate. I promise you he will be the next big time CEO. He is an intelligent young boy. He knew everything about iPads, Nooks, technology, etc. I was blown away by his ability to engage with a 24 year old and an 80 year old.
As I looked at our row, I realized we represented the seasons of life. Here I was, a young 24-year-old woman just starting her career. Two seats from me was a little boy. His whole life is ahead of him. And next to me was an 80-year-old woman who has been through all the seasons we have yet to experience.
What inspired me about this elderly woman is that she was just as sharp as this young boy. I was blown away when she told me she was 80. She was spunky and full of life.
I asked, “Why are you traveling to Minnesota?”
She responded, “I am visiting my elementary school friends.”
My jaw dropped. I don’t have anyone from elementary school who I am still close with today. I may see them ever so often but I do not have a relationship with them.
I was curious on how she was able to stay so sharp. Of course, I had to know the secret…and she shared.
She explained to me that she never stopped dreaming. She always tried new things and didn’t retire until she was well into her 70’s. She attends community college and believes in the power of education. She gets lost in books and still socializes. She lives on the fifth floor of an apartment. She has a dog that she walks four times a day and she doesn’t take the elevator. She walks! Walking has been a big part of her life and that is one of the reasons she thinks she is able to be as active as she is today.
This is the true beauty of life. Christ has given each human the ability to experience all of what life has to offer. I have always pushed myself. I constantly create new goals for myself. I never want to be stagnant. And after seeing how vibrant this woman’s life is, I am even more certain that Christ wants us to ALWAYS be growing.
Today, I challenge you to create a new goal. Do something that you have always said you would do. Read a new book. Put on those dusty running shoes and take a walk along the beach. Volunteer at a homeless shelter. Pick up the phone and forgive the person who recently hurt you. Be who Christ has called you to be. Have a life filled with an intentional purpose.