mom [mäm]: noun
Best friend. Has faith that could move mountains. Completely authentic; never makes decisions that do not align with morals. Creates a better world, stronger people, and gives graciously.
"My mom tells me I am capable of anything."
Since day one, my mom has instilled in my family that with God on our side, limits do not exist. Dreams are never too big; nothing is out of reach – as Matthew 9:26 says, "…With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (NIV). The first words out of her mouth when I am upset or unsure about a big decision are "pray about it," no matter the heartache, our Lord will create good out of it. Her dedication to our Creator has allowed her to be free and be authentic in all ways, and quite honestly I cannot think of a single situation where she was not completely herself – or has reminded me to be completely true to myself (especially in those lost middle and high school years…).
You could give this woman a million trophies and all the money in the world, but if her heart isn't in it, she'll nix it without a blink of an eye – she does it with passion or not at all. One of these selfless passions of hers is helping others, and she will never give up an opportunity to positively change lives and empower any and everyone she can. My mom's faith, passion and authenticity serve as an anchor for pursuing my passion to help others – two of these being my passion for improving the lives of children battling cancer* and enabling young people to reach their full potential** - because I know how much it means to be cared about myself.
I couldn't tell you the number of times a day my mother tells me she loves me. I couldn't tell you the number of times my mother has told me I'm beautiful, I'm smart, driven, hardworking. Words like these stick with you. Words that are constantly pounded into your head, if you believe, are what you become. My mom chose to instill positive thinking in me, and knowledge of the support system I have. I know when I fail, my mother never needs to remind me, just prepare me for the next jump. My mom makes leaps of faith look tiny; she pushes me to take running-head-start-cliff-jumps, to take skydives of faith. And I'm not afraid to because I know that even if my parachute doesn't open, she will rescue me. She allows me to take chances, and if I fail she allows me to learn from them, but will never allow them to ruin me.
Thank you, Mom, for being my best friend. I love you.
*If you'd like to join us in the fight to improve the lives of children battling cancer, head over to LOVE YOUR MELON and click "University of St. Thomas" from the drop down bar at checkout. 50% of proceeds of each product go to PinkySwear and CureSearch to provide immediate support for families with children battling cancer and to find a cure.
** If you'd like to join the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities in enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens, go to The Boys and Girls Club's website to find a club near you.