There have been a lot of people throughout my life who have inspired me to be a better person and to persevere when I was ready to quit.
My precious mother-in-law was definitely one of those people. She died at age 97. When she would come south to visit the last few years before she passed away, she knew I visited the nursing home, and she would say to me, “Let’s go cheer up those old folks,” and off we would go. She was always happy and ready to help others by going to the grocery store or pharmacy for those not able – even though she was much older than they. She was my role model.
Another person who touched me in a special way was my recently deceased sister-in-law. Judy was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in her 20s.
She had two young daughters and an active life. She would be in the hospital sometimes for a month or more between periods of remission. Judy was also active in her church, and this is what sustained her.
I remember visiting her just a few years ago, while she was refinishing their hardwood floors herself. She used a walker at this time, but would scoot on her derriere and sand one plank at a time until she eventually had done the entire floor over a period of time.
What determination and perseverance!
Judy wrote two books about MS and used the proceeds to fund a non-profit for MS patients in crisis. She was a dedicated advocate for others living with MS and was responsible for forming several support groups across the country. Judy fought a brave battle with MS for 41 years until God called her home on December 2, 2015.
When I get discouraged and want to give up, I think especially of these two precious ladies and how God was the center of their lives. I try not to worry about the future. I am thankful for each day and live it to the fullest. “One today is worth two tomorrows”.