I do my best thinking in a few places. One happens to be the shower. I have solved ALLLL the world's problems while lathering and repeating and shaving my armpits.
A few days ago, the choo choo train of thoughts in my head, while showering, were moving at lightning speed. I can't remember how I arrived at this destination but one part was thinking about a friend I graduated with.
He and his wife are in the pits of adoption. It is rarely as glamorous as the world makes it out to be. It is hard and it is tiring. I was feeling really proud of them. Thinking how they have been married since high school, have jobs, making a life for themselves. I laughed because he was not quite like that in school. He truly loves the Lord now and it is wonderful to 'see.'
Then my thoughts went to another friend I graduated with. He has been working hard for well over a year to prep land and build a house for his little family. Due to the economy, he recently lost his job but has spent time training his young son in the ways of farming, building and just bonding.
Both of these men were not voted "Most Likely To Succeed."
Those that are generally voted are the ones everyone thinks will go on to be doctors, lawyers... Jobs that pay a lot.
Why is success measured by the dollar amount on a paycheck?
A girl in my class, she spent some time as a single mom, fighting to raise her children. She married someone and they have a son together. She is a happy, thriving, wife and mom.
All three of these people are successful. No, they aren't doctors, lawyers or surgeons. They are people who despite the dollar amount on their checks are winning at this life thing.
I stay home with four kids. I have an expensive piece of paper telling me I graduated from college.
Am I less successful because I'm at home wiping asses and cooking dinners?
Are the doctors and lawyers more successful?
We all are successes from our class. (I mean some probably aren't. Im talking about everyone NOT in prison or jail.)
Some, the paths are a little rough and it took more time to find the right one, but you did it!
When my kids grow up and graduate from high school and this Who's Who thing is still around, if they don't make it, it doesn't matter. My prayer isn't for a really cool slot in the yearbook but for them to have a lasting impression on the world. I want them to do what Christ called them to do. To make the best of their journey. To try.
So here is to all of us that didn't get named Who's Who when we graduated.
You ALL are awesome in my yearbook called LIFE.