Joy For All Seasons

Devotional
Mrs. Dombrowski, an Australian war bride, who was my second grade teacher, wrote this in my second grade yearbook:

“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night, the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
-William Shakespeare

I didn’t understand Mrs. Dombrowski’s chosen Shakespearean quote in the second grade, but by the time I arrived in Junior High School, I was beginning to understand what my beloved lifetime influencer was endeavoring to say …

Figure out who you are … figure out why you are here …
Figure out what you believe and what you stand for!

Don’t just be one of the crowd …
Don’t compromise who you are to please others.”

I believe that the brilliant Australian war bride was declaring to an impressionable, wide-eyed daughter of the heart,

“Carol … you were made for more than average … you were made for more than above average. You were made to be a person of virtue and character.”

Perhaps you would allow me to turn Mrs. Dombrowski’s inescapable challenges in your direction …
Why are you here?

Do not short-change your life with mediocrity. Any average person can settle into a rut and be content with mere status quo.

You were not made for average … you were made for extraordinary!

Stand up for something noble! Let your one voice be a resounding voice of excellent values, immovable integrity and passionate kindness.

Discover why you were born and go for it with every ounce of creativity and passion in your soul!

“When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, He goes about it in a very unusual way. He doesn’t stir up His earthquakes or send forth His thunderbolts. Instead, He has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home and of some obscure mother. And then God puts the idea into the mother’s heart, and she puts it into the baby’s mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not the earthquakes and the thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are babies.” (E. T. Sullivan)

God has been waiting for you to become the force you were made to be!

Joyful Thought to Ponder: Why are you here?