This, dear bloggers, is my 100th post. I've thought a good bit about how I wanted to spend this post...did I want to talk about blogging or the fact that this was my first REAL week at home as a stay-at-home mom? Did I want to talk about my babies and the fact that Hollyn will crawl any minute now? And then it hit me: I want to use this post to talk about how I spend my time. I don't mean my day-to-day living time, I mean how I'm trying to make a difference and do something lasting and real; I'm trying to be someone to somebody.
Here's something you probably don't know about me:
In 2006, on Libby's second birthday, I almost died.
In that I don't mean I ALMOST had a wreck or ALMOST drowned
or ALMOST got bitten by a big, nasty spider;
I mean I went into cardiac arrest and had E-coli in all my major organs kind of almost died.
I was super sick, thankfully the sickest I've been to date and hopefully the sickest I'll ever be.
And coming that close to dying really made me think-- I want to make a difference. I want to do something lasting. I want to be the kind of girl someone can look up to and admire one day.
And it worked.
Ok, so you might be wondering what exactly is my point in sharing all this with you. Well, first, I hope you heard me earlier when I said that I am nothing special. I meant that. I make mistakes every single day, sometimes I totally drop the ball, and I've been known to insert foot into mouth on a regular basis. But I wanted to share this with you to let you in on a little secret I've discovered. Other than being a mom, doing for others has brought me the greatest joy in my life. I believe that there's a special kind of happy reserved for the way you feel when you've truly sacrificed and given 100% of yourself to serve someone else. I think this is part of the reason so many women are so blessed by motherhood. My way of serving happens to be these kids, as well as my own. I do my best to help them meander through this mess we sometimes call life while still keeping their little heads above water and being the best people they can be. But I wanted to make sure you know that whether you have a group of kids to serve at your disposal or not, you can still make a difference.
I'm a very firm believer in the notion that God gives us each gifts, and when you use whatever gifts you've been given to serve others, the rewards will be great. I believe one of my gifts is that of an encourager.
And I confess:
Hi, my name is McCall, and I'm addicted to doing for others.
The only catch is.....I have no plans of stopping.
So, for my 100th post, I'd like to encourage you to serve. You can start small with just one person, you can serve your family or a total stranger, you can give via money or via time and effort. You can serve from the background or end up in the spotlight, but I encourage you to try. Please don't make it take a near death experience for you to enjoy what life is all about. They don't call it the 'Golden Rule' for nothing, you know.
So, go ahead........big blessings are waiting.