I know who I want to be when I grow up: a woman whose words have weight. The kind who has learned much and thinks about what she says. I want to screen myself and only say things that will lift others up. Words that are designed to encourage. I want to continually believe in others’ abilities. When I open my mouth, I want the young girls to lean over and get every word because they know the words are wise. I want to inspire people to love God and people around them. I want joy to ooze out of me and my smile to be contagious. I want to listen much more than I speak. I want anger and bitterness to always be pushed out by forgiveness. I want to look at someone and not judge them, but to see them the way God does: as someone with a purpose. I want to fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow because there were no regrets or missed opportunities in my day.
This sounds lofty, but I know it is achievable. I have known women like this who inspire me. So how do I do it? I start living like this now. I speak less and more kindly NOW. I show love to others NOW. I speak and act wisely NOW. I live in joyful expectation NOW. Maybe I swallow those hurtful words one day instead of spewing. Maybe I realize that person didn’t mean to hurt my feelings and let go of my right to anger. Or I see a need and quietly fill it. I act with intention instead of flying by the seat of my pants. None of this is once and done, but a lifelong process. I will make mistakes, but each mistake should teach me and bring me a step closer to who I am made to be. Each day is added on to the ones before to build a lifetime. My goal is to get closer every day to the version of Sarah who has filled all of her potential.
Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.